Nurse practitioners learn about medical marijuana

5:06 AM, Mar 20, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At the annual Nurse Summit in Augusta Wednesday the state's largest marijuana dispensary business, the Wellness Connection, had a display to educate nurses about medical marijuana and encourage its use. There's a bill in the Legislature that would allow nurse practitoners to prescribe marijuana. Doctors are currently the only medical official allowed to do this in Maine.

"We are licensed to prescribe all the schedule drugs that are legal in the state so were able to prescribe other things if I need to so marijuana certification isn't outside the scope of our practice," said Laurie Caton-Lemos, a nurse practitioner.

Supporters of the bill said it offers benefits to some patients. 

"We know nurses are dealing one on one with patients using this medicine and they're seeing first hand the benefits these patients are getting from this medicine, so we want to increase their understanding of this plant," said Becky Dekeuster of Wellness Connection.

The legislature is expected to vote on the bill soon.

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