Cannabis for the Hospitalized Patient: Position Statement

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) is pleased to release a Position Statement on Cannabis for the Hospitalized Patient to help pharmacists manage admitted patients who use cannabis at home. 

The Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17, 2018, allowing Canadians to access cannabis without a medical document from an authorized health care practitioner. Currently, most patients with medical authorization for cannabis can bring their own cannabis when they are admitted to hospital, except in Quebec where hospitals provide formulary cannabis. However, patients who access cannabis without obtaining medical authorization cannot currently continue their cannabis once admitted to hospital. This Position Statement helps support pharmacists and hospital policy makers to care for patients who use cannabis at home.  

Please take a few moments and read the full document here.

This Position Statement was developed by CSHP’s Cannabis Task Force. CSHP gratefully acknowledges the contributions made by the Task Force members towards the development of this Statement: 

  • Marlys LeBras (Chair)  

  • Isabelle Baltazar 

  • Diem Vo 

  • Vinay Phokeo 

  • Terri Betts 

  • Heather Derrick  

  • Heather Parker 

  • Dania Scott 

  • Nancy Qiao 

  • Doug Doucette 

  • Yifan Zhou  

  • CSHP Staff members Jody Ciufo, Christina Adams & Jessica Robinson 

If you enjoyed reading the Position Statement or have questions for your peers about how they manage cannabis in their hospital, please consider joining the Cannabis Pharmacy Specialty Network (PSN). PSNs are communities of CSHP members who share common professional practice interests. By design, they connect people and information from across Canada to promote practice excellence and the enhancement of patient-centred pharmacy practice. To register for the Cannabis PSN, click here, or log into your existing QID account and request to join the Cannabis PSN.  

Comments on the Position Statement? Please email them to practice@cshp.ca