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New Policy Regarding the Authorization of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has issued a new policy to help physicians understand their responsibilities pursuant to the new marijuana for medical purposes regulations.

The policy is as follows:

The College considers the authorization of marijuana for medical purposes to be a clinical act and an insured service. Physicians must not bill patients directly for services related to the authorization of marijuana for medical purposes, which includes the completion of any required forms.

Physicians must only authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the context of a bona fide patient‐doctor relationship. Physicians may only authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes when in direct, in-person contact with their patients.

“The College wants to provide clear direction to physicians in this time of change. Moreover, the College wants to ensure that authorizing marijuana for medical purposes remains entirely a medical decision made by physicians solely for the benefit of their patients,” said Dr. Gus Grant Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Contact:

Ryan Demings
Communications Officer
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-482-2919
E-mail:rdemings@cpsns.ns.ca