Augusta, ME–(ENEWSPF)–August 1, 2014. Nurse practitioners may legally authorize cannabis therapy, according to new legislation that takes effect this Friday.
The legislation, LD 1739, expands the pool of those who can legally advise patients on the use of medicinal marijuana from physicians to ‘medical providers’ – a classification that includes certified nurse practitioners.
Washington state law also explicitly allows for nurse practitioners to recommend medical marijuana to patients.
A resolution approved by the American Nursing Association supports “the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision [and] supports the ability of health care providers to discuss and/or recommend the medicinal use of marijuana without the threat of intimidation or penalization.”