In B.C., the provincial
Cannabis Control and Licensing Act and its associated regulations support the province's implementation of legalized cannabis.
For details about cannabis for medical purposes, visit
Health Canada's website. For details about cannabis for non-medical purposes, visit the
BC Government's website.
Nurses need to know that some activities with cannabis will still be illegal. Before carrying out any activities with cannabis, whether for medical or non-medical purposes, nurses should ensure they are familiar with federal and provincial cannabis legislation.
Nurses should also consider:
Generally, yes, if there is a client-specific medical document or order from a physician, the employer permits nurses to do so, and the packaged and labelled cannabis product (dried cannabis, cannabis oil, or fresh cannabis) has been received from a licensed retailer or producer. Subsection 348 of the
Cannabis Regulations sets out the requirements for cannabis products in hospital settings.
Nurses also need to consider:
Generally, yes, if there is a client-specific medical document or order from a physician, the employer permits nurses to do so, and the client has legally obtained the medical cannabis. Subsections 266(1)(f) and 269(2) of the
Cannabis Regulations give adults (including nurses) this authority.
There are specific provisions in BC's
Cannabis Control and Licensing Act and BC's
Cannabis Control Regulation that regulate the administration of cannabis to minors. In particular, there are specific consent requirements for minors. See section 26 of the
Cannabis Control Regulation for more details.
Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners: Standards, Limits, Conditions limits NPs from prescribing or issuing a medical document for fresh or dried marijuana or cannabis oil.
No. LPNs, RNs, and RPNs are not considered "health care practitioners" under the Cannabis Regulations and therefore do not have the authority to issue medical documents or written orders for medical cannabis.
Nursing is demanding work, in which impairment could result in direct and significant risk of injury to clients. Nurses must adhere to the BCCNP Standards of Practice, and in particular, the requirement that they maintain their physical, psychological, and emotional fitness to practice.
For further information on the Standards of Practice or professional practice matters, contact us: