Just a few other thoughts
Here's the American Nursing Association's official position statement on marijuana:
"Professional nursing organizations need to advocate for all nurses and to advance change to improve health and healthcare." The ANA strongly supports:
Scientific review of marijuana's status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance and relisting marijuana as a federal Schedule II controlled substance for purposes of facilitating research.
Development of prescribing standards that include indications for use, specific dose, route, expected effect, and possible adverse reactions, as well as indications for stopping a medication.
Establishing evidence-based standards for the use of marijuana and related cannabinoids.
Protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients using therapeutic marijuana and related cannabinoids as permitted under state laws.
Exemption from criminal prosecution, civil liability, or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for healthcare practitioners who discuss treatment alternatives about marijuana or who prescribe, dispense, or administer marijuana in accordance with professional standards and state laws.
Source: American Nurses Association. OOPS!
. With permission.
And a final thought--with the increased use by patients, know the risks to your specific patient population. For instance, my patients have little to no immune system. Cancer is an approved diagnosis for prescription in Ohio. However, my patients who use to use it for pain or nausea (and smoke it), have an increased risk for fungal lung infections that can be deadly if the weed has mold in it. It's happened enough to warrant warning patients about that risk if they bring up the subject.