Article by Calvin Hughes, Civilized
Pharmacists in Ontario have until next March to complete a mandatory course on cannabis.
With recreational marijuana now legal for adult use across Canada, the Ontario College of Pharmacists has decided it’s high time for their members get up to familiarize themselves with with current cannabis research. This move makes Ontario the first and only province in Canada to make cannabis education mandatory for pharmacists.
While pharmacists in the province are not involved in dispensing medical marijuana to patients, the college believes its members should still be able to advise patients on some key aspects of using the drug. After completing the course, pharmacists should be able to speak to patients about ways to use cannabis and what its effects are, as well as give patients information on how cannabis might interact with other medications.
“As medication experts who are often the most accessible health-care provider for patients, pharmacy professionals play an important role in educating their patients if equipped with the necessary knowledge,” the college said in a statement.