Cannabis query answered
January 11, 2018
The federal government’s legalization of cannabis for recreational use is expected to take effect sometime this summer. Questions continue to arise about pharmacy’s potential role, if any, with cannabis for medical use.
For example, ACP was recently asked if pharmacy team members can accept a cannabis-containing product for the purpose of destroying it.
The answer, for now, is no.
Pharmacists or pharmacy team members who do not work in a hospital are not legally authorized to be in possession of any cannabis-containing product (except for Natural Health Products containing trace amounts of THC that are licensed by Health Canada and have a designated NPN) for any reason, for any length of time. Therefore, it would not be appropriate for a pharmacist or pharmacy team member to accept a cannabis-containing product for the purpose of destroying it.
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations do provide limited authority for pharmacists working in hospitals to possess Cannabis for Medical Use.
If an individual brings a cannabis-containing product to a pharmacy and would like a pharmacist or pharmacy team member to destroy it, ACP’s advice is to have the individual contact the local police or RCMP station where destruction might be arranged. Another option for the individual could be to contact the licensed producer and arrange a return for destruction.