Cannabis legalization: what happens now?

With any change in practice, we’re here to help you navigate next steps. Medical and recreational cannabis are now legal in Canada. Through all the latest buzz, we’ve made sure to work closely with RNs, employers and government to develop practice expectations related to medical cannabis.

Let’s start by asking…

What is cannabis? Cannabis is any raw preparation of the leaves or flowers from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. It can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food or as an extract.

Right now RNs are able to administer medical cannabis to patients in hospital settings and personal care homes as long as there’s an organizational policy in place that supports it. We’ve developed guidelines for Manitoba nurses who work in these practice settings and we’re already receiving lots of feedback about them.

We’re here for the public

Sandy*, a member of the public, has done lots of research on cannabis. Her father has early onset dementia and lives in a personal care home. Sandy started by looking up Cannabidiol (CBD) oil to see how it could possibly help with the challenges that come with the late stages of dementia. When she came across our medical cannabis guidelines in her research, she instantly picked up the phone and gave us a call.

“I was excited to see the guidelines were updated to allow RNs to assist in personal care homes,” says Sandy. “I’m happy the College has taken the time to share this information. Now I know I can go to an RN with any questions I have about medical cannabis.”

We’re here for RNs

We’re prepared to support RNs through this change in legislation. You can find resources on our website and our practice and standards consultants are available to answer questions any time – reach out to them at or 204-774-3477 ext. 300 if you need.

Click here to see our guidelines on medical cannabis

*last name removed to protect patient confidentiality

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