Pharmacist sus­pended, fined for giv­ing pa­tient pot cookies

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

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.

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