Does anyone know if medical marijuana in California is an option for a practicing RN? It has been recommended to me from a doctor as an alternative to other medication, but I do not want to risk my license. If I understand the law correctly, if I get tested at work and come out positive I could be fired (as many people have been fired from other positions due to the federal government not making marijuana legal. Obviously, caution would be taken, as with any narcotic and i am talking about not being affected while at work. Has anyone approached the board of nursing about this? I am considering asking since I am not using, just considering my options. Tia!
Jun 21, '12
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
CA BON action:
Section 2761 states, in pertinent part: "The board may take disciplinary action against a certified or licensed nurse ... for any ofthe following: "(a) Unprofessional conduct, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
"(d) Violating or attempting to violate, directly or indirectly, or assisting in or abetting the violating of, or conspiring to violate any provision or term oft his chapter or regulations adopted pursuant to it."
10: Code section-2762 states, in pertinent part: "In addition to other acts constituting unprofessional conduct within the meaning ofthis chapter [the Nursing Practice Act], it is unprofessional conduct for a person licensed under this chapter to do any of the following: ...
(a) Obtain or possess in violation o flaw, or prescribe, or except as directed by a licensed physician and surgeon, dentist, or podiatrist administer to himself or herself, or furnish or administer to another, any controlled substance as defined in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) ofthe Health and Safety Code or any dangerous drug or dangerous device as def
med in Section 4022. (b) Use any controlled substance as dev
fmed in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code, or any dangerous drug or dangerous device as defmed in Section 4022, or alcoholic beverages, to an extent or in a manner dangerous or injurious to himself or herself, any other person, or the public or to the extent that such use impairs his or her ability to conduct with safety to the public the, practice authorized by his or her license"
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Dec 13, '14