What nurses should know about medical marijuana

April 17th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

Whether you’ve been a “legalize now” advocate for years, are indifferent or are dismayed at the prospect of medical marijuana, your personal feelings may not be purely personal for long: a bill allowing legal medical marijuana sales cleared the Georgia legislature on April 2 and is headed to the governor’s desk. If enacted, the new law will certainly impact nurses. Depending on your specialty, it may even become an every day thing. 

» RELATED: Georgia governor to sign medical marijuana expansion this week

Here’s what every nurse in the state should know:

The definition of medical marijuana in Georgia

Georgia law in no way enables legal leaf marijuana prescriptions, nor does it legalize marijuana for recreational use. Under current law, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, qualified people may legally possess as much as 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil” derived from the marijuana plant. Only residents of Georgia can qualify for a THC Registry card (or the parents or legal guardians of adults or children with one of the covered ailments).

» RELATED: Neurologist: Legalize THC oil for its ‘significant benefits’

A short synopsis of Georgia medical marijuana law

While doctors in Georgia have – in theory – been legally able to prescribe medical marijuana since 2015, the law stopped short of providing a way for patients to purchase marijuana. Those who have prescriptions, (typically patients with advanced cancers, seizures or other debilitating illnesses) currently use mail-order to fill their prescriptions or drive to other states. Article source: https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/medical/what-nurses-should-know-about-medical-marijuana/mtQGqohzoGYJz0HP9mRsMM/