posted July 5, 2013
New provincial regulation is expected to give nurse practitioners (NPs) the ability to prescribe medical marijuana. CRNBC is developing standards to regulate this new authority. In June 2013, the Government of Canada introduced new regulations that changes the way Canadians access marijuana for medical purposes. They will help ensure safe distribution of medical marijuana. The changes reflect feedback from key stakeholders, including CRNBC and other health regulators. Under these new federal regulations, patients prescribed medical marijuana will register with, and order directly from, a Licensed Producer. These new regulations include important information for practitioners.
These federal regulations have not yet been adopted in B.C. NPs in British Columbia are not currently authorized to prescribe narcotics and controlled substances. The final decision rests with the provincial government.