Fired and suspended over marijuana cookies

A pharmacist has been disciplined for baking marijuana cookies for a patient

JoAnne Andrews of Sydney, Nova Scotia has been suspended by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists for 30 days and fined CAD$1000, after admitting to accepting marijuana from a patient who was using it for medical purposes and baking it into cookies.

She brought the cookies containing the marijuana to work with the intention of providing them to the patient.

“When the patient did not arrive prior to the end of your work shift, you asked a co-worker to give the cookies to the patient,” a hearing committee noted.

The cookies were placed into a prescription bag with the patient’s name written on it – but they didn’t find their way to the patient until the next day when Ms Andrews met the patient, learned they hadn’t yet received their cookies, and went into the pharmacy to get them. She then handed them to the patient.

She was fired the next day.

“You are not an authorised licensed producer or distributor of marijuana,” the hearing noted.

As well as being suspended and fined, Ms Andrews was ordered to pay $2,500 towards the College’s costs in the matter.

She is expected to undertake an ethics course approved by the College, and to notify the College of every pharmacy where she practises for three years from the Settlement Agreement. The details of the Agreement are to be provided to any future employers or pharmacy managers for three years.

Ms Andrews will also not be permitted to hold the position of pharmacy manager at any pharmacy for five years.

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