I am an advocate of the use of medical marijuana for clients. I reside in California, where medicinal use is recognized at the state level. I am highly in favor of a non-judgmental and compassionate resource for clients using medical marijuana, and have been toying with the idea of providing non-medical care services to those with a recommendation for medical marijuana use. This would include transportation to and from dispensaries & medical marijuana practitioners, accompaniment inside dispensaries (one cannot do this without possessing a MMJ card), and/or preparation of medicinal substances for the client's SELF-ADMINISTRATION.
However, nursing care, as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, is a large part of my identity, and I am curious as how to provide nursing care services as a private duty nurse to these clients, should the need exist. I do, however, tread lightly, as I fear the wrath of the BON; I hold my license very dear to me. (As a side note- I, myself, do not use medicinal marijuana, though I do possess a recommendation. My professionalism and responsibility to my license comes first and foremost.)
I was wondering as to the general outlook of nursing practice relative to medical marijuana. What is your experience with it (in the medical field) and do any of you work in the industry (ie Nursing Pracititioners writing recommendations, long term care facilities accepting client use), or do any of your clients use it?
If it were me, I'd make darned sure the BON wouldn't have any problems with this before I got involved in helping anyone use their weed. I would even want to get that in writing, not just get a verbal response from one individual on the 'phone.
Last edit by elkpark on Mar 6, '13