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NPs in B.C. are not authorized to prescribe marijuana

posted April 8, 2015

Recent media coverage of medical marijuana has led to some confusion about whether nurse practitioners may prescribe, issue a medical document for, or dispense medical marijuana in B.C. They may not.

It's true that federal laws have changed to allow individuals to legally possess dried leaf marijuana, if it was obtained under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations from a licenced producer, with a supporting medical document from an authorized health care practitioner (either a physician or nurse practitioner).

However, these changes for NPs have not been adopted by the provincial government in BC and are not included in the scope of practice of NPs at this time.

The Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (page 26) has been updated to reflect this.

Please email if you have questions.

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