Pharmacist suspended, fined for giving patient pot cookies
SYDNEY — A pharmacist in Sydney has been handed a 30-day licence suspension for baking marijuana cookies for a patient.
The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists hearing committee recently issued a settlement agreement regarding JoAnne Andrews in which Andrews acknowledged her conduct amounted to professional misconduct.
It was alleged that on Sept. 7 she was practising at a pharmacy in Sydney when she accepted marijuana from a patient who was using it for medical purposes, which Andrews soon afterward baked into cookies. She then took the cookies back to the pharmacy with the intention of providing them to the patient. When the patient didn’t arrive by the end of her work shift, Andrews asked a coworker to give the cookies to the patient and packaged them in a prescription bag.
On Sept. 8, Andrews met the patient and gave the patient the cookies.
A day later Andrews was fired.
The decision notes that Andrews was not a licensed producer or distributor of marijuana. In addition to the temporary licence suspension, Andrews was fined $1,000, must pay $2,500 in costs to the college and must notify the college of every pharmacy where she practises for three years. She is also required to successfully complete an ethics course.