Sunday, August 25, 2019

Medical Cannabis in Schools Policy Guidelines And Training Resources For School Nurses


Credit: NM PED





Document Overview

New Mexico PED Medical Cannabis in Schools Policy Guidance & Resources
New Mexico Dept. of Health Adopted Medical Cannabis in Schools Rule
University of New Mexico Health Sciences School of Medicine
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Guidelines for Medical Cannabis
National School Nurses Association; On-Demand Course: Medical Cannabis: What School Nurses Need to Know
Accredited Online Training Resources with CME’s
Resources for Medical Professionals and Researchers
Federal Policy Overview



New Mexico PED Medical Cannabis in Schools Policy Guidance: 

[https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/safe-healthy-schools/medical-cannabis-in-schools/]

RESOURCES

Senate Bill 204 Chapter 261 (PDF)

Medical Cannabis Policy Framework August 2019 (PDF)

Guidance for School Nurses regarding Medical Cannabis (PDF)

COMING SOON

New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 6.12.10 Medical Cannabis in Schools

[http://164.64.110.134/nmac/]


NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

NM DOH HIPPA Authorization Form

Authorization to disclose health information

NM DOH Medical Cannabis Program

Applications, Important Information and News Articles regarding the Medical Cannabis Program.


NEW MEXICO PED NEWS AND EVENTS

2019 Clinical Symposium on Medical Cannabis: The Science and Practice (September 20 – September 21, 2019)

Symposium Description

This symposium is primarily designed for physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Discussions will focus on the most common conditions for which medical cannabis is recommended, the evidence for its effectiveness, and guidelines about dosage, treatment protocols, and side-effects. National and local experts will help practitioners and other healthcare professionals develop an understanding of the science and health effects of medical cannabis, including presentations on cannabis and cancer, PTSD, chronic pain, epilepsy and opioid abuse disorder. The symposium will also feature a discussion of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program and on-going cannabis research efforts in New Mexico. 
 Link: https://hsc.unm.edu/school-of-medicine/education/cme/2019/medical-cannabis.html



New Mexico Dept. of Health Adopted Medical Cannabis in Schools Rule:
7.34.4.25 EXEMPTION FROM STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES [FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS]: *** C. In accordance with the Public School Code, Chapter 22 NMSA 1978, and the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act at NMSA 1978, § 26-2B-4(G), the department hereby deems New Mexico public schools, school districts, local school boards, locally-chartered charter schools, state-chartered charter schools, and governing bodies of state-chartered charter schools to be licensees, and designated school personnel (including designated employees and volunteers of the foregoing licensees) to be licensee representatives, authorized within the licensees’ licensure to possess and store cannabis and cannabis derived products on behalf of qualified students, and to administer cannabis and cannabis derived products to qualified students, in school settings. The department deems the licensees and licensee representatives to be entitled to immunity from arrest, prosecution or penalty, in any manner, for activities conducted within the licensees’ licensure and in accordance with the Public School Code. [7.34.4.25 NMAC - Rp, 7.34.4.17 NMAC, 2/27/2015; A, xx/xx/2019]

[Adopted 7.34.4 Medical cannabis licensing requirements for producers, couriers, manufacturers and laboratories - Amendments (Effective 08/27/2019)
https://nmhealth.org/publication/view/rules/5277/]



University of New Mexico Health Sciences School of Medicine:
2019 UNM Clinical Symposium on Medical Cannabis: The Science and Practice

(For additional information, please contact HSC Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development at 505-272-3942 or HSC-CMEWeb@salud.unm.edu)



Symposium Description

This symposium is primarily designed for physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Discussions will focus on the most common conditions for which medical cannabis is recommended, the evidence for its effectiveness, and guidelines about dosage, treatment protocols, and side-effects. National and local experts will help practitioners and other healthcare professionals develop an understanding of the science and health effects of medical cannabis, including presentations on cannabis and cancer, PTSD, chronic pain, epilepsy and opioid abuse disorder. The symposium will also feature a discussion of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program and on-going cannabis research efforts in New Mexico.



The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
[https://www.ncsbn.org/marijuana-guidelines.htm]

Guidelines for Medical Cannabis
The July 2018 Supplement to the Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR) contains the “NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana.” (61 Page PDF)

This body of work fills the gap in the literature on the nursing care of patients using medical marijuana and provides evidence-based nursing guidelines. The JNR supplement covers:

Current Legislation, Scientific Literature Review, and Nursing Implications
Nursing Care of the Patient Using Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana Education in Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs
Medical Marijuana Education in APRN Nursing Programs


National School Nurses Association:[https://www.nasn.org]

On-Demand Course: Medical Cannabis: What School Nurses Need to Know
posted 04-02-2019 14:18

Children are using cannabis as a medical treatment in ever greater numbers in the 33 states and territories and Washington, D.C. that have medical cannabis programs.

Dr. Alan Shackelford will provide school nurses with a basic understanding of the history of cannabis as a medical treatment, insight into the research supporting its use, its dosing and forms of administration, and the potential problems and precautions surrounding its use.

[Link: https://www.nasn.org/nasn/blogs/nasn-profile/2019/04/02/on-demand-course-medical-cannabis-what-school-nurs]



New Mexico School Nurses Association: [https://nmsna.net/]



New Mexico Board of Nursing:[http://nmbon.sks.com/]



Accredited Online Training Resources with CME’s


Cannabis Care Certification
Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASA) and The Answer Page, Inc. have created the Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program to help medical professionals, patients, and their caregivers better understand the endocannabinoid system and cannabis therapeutics.
[https://safeaccess2.org/cannabiscarecertification/#medicalprofessionals]



TMCIGlobal
Provides Online, Science-based Continuing Education on Medical Cannabis

Providing accredited, online continuing medical education for healthcare professionals who want to learn about medical cannabis and its potential clinical application.
[http://themedicalcannabisinstitute.org/]



Dr. Dustin Sulak
Healer.com’s goal is to create a positive and supportive community of like-minded medical cannabis users. We aspire to be your transparent, trusted source of cannabis information, a respected authority on its safe and smart use. Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a renowned integrative medicine physician based in Maine, whose practice balances the principles of osteopathy, mind-body medicine and medical cannabis. Regarded as an expert on medical cannabis nationally, Dr. Sulak educates medical providers and patients on its clinical use, while continuing to explore the therapeutic potential of this ancient yet emerging medicine.
[https://healer.com/cannabis-education-training-course-and-certification-program/]



Resources for Medical Professionals and Researchers

The medicinal properties of cannabis are varied given the multiplicity of physiological roles of the endocannabinoid system, a ubiquitous molecular signaling system at which compounds in cannabis have robust receptor-based actions. Here is information on medical marijuana practice policies and procedures in your locality, as well as scientific and practice ethics information.
[https://www.safeaccessnow.org/medical_professionals]



Medical Cannabis in Schools Policy Currently Enacted Across The US

Table of Contents
Pg. 2 - 3 Table of Contents and Policy Narrative
Pg. 4 Oklahoma City School District Medical Cannabis in Schools Policy
Pg. 4 - 5 Oklahoma Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program-Rules
Pg. 5 - 12 Oklahoma State Department of Education FAQ
Pg. 13 - 14 Maine - Kittery School District
Pg. 15 - 16 Illinois - Illinois State Board of Education
Pg. 16 - 20 New Jersey -NJ Dept. of Children and Families Policy Manual
Pg. 21 Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Department of Health
Pg. 22 Florida - Broward County Public Schools Policy
Pg. 22 Policy Resources
[http://www.cannabisnewsjournal.co/2019/07/safe-access-new-mexico-public-comment_26.html]



The Releaf App
Releaf is a patent pending app that enables you to track your live sessions with cannabis and record exactly how it’s helping you. It can then provide intelligent reporting to help you learn what types of cannabis and intake methods are working best in treating your symptoms. Share these reports with doctors and/or budtenders to discuss your treatment and identify your best options. 
Link to download: https://releafapp.com/



Federal Policy:
Protection for state medical cannabis laws, as provided in the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment, Sec. 538 of the “omnibus” appropriations bill. Every year, the federal budget in the US Congress (“omnibus” appropriations bill) includes a rider that continues to bar the DOJ from enforcing the federal marijuana ban in some circumstances pertaining to states who enact their own medical cannabis laws. This rider is also known as the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment.

Here is the full text of the rider: (www.safeaccessnow.org/federal_marijuana_law)

“SEC. 538. None of the funds made available under 4 this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”


United States v. McIntosh: The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted the quoted language to bar the DOJ from prosecuting individuals who manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana in strict compliance with state medical cannabis laws.


Conant v. Walters (2002): The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the federal government could not punish, or threaten to punish, a doctor merely for telling a patient that his or her use of cannabis for medical use is proper. However, because it remains illegal for a doctor to "aid and abet" a patient to obtain cannabis or conspire with him or her to do so, the court drew the line between protected First Amendment speech and prohibited conduct as follows -- A physician may discuss the pros and cons of medical cannabis with his or her patient, and issue a written or oral recommendation to use cannabis within a bona fide doctor-patient relationship without fear of legal reprisal. There have been no such criminal or administrative proceedings against doctors to date. (https://www.safeaccessnow.org/landmark_federal_conant_v_walters)



Prepared By:

Safe Access New Mexico
Jason Barker
SafeAccessNewMexico@gmail.com



[ About Jason Barker: He is an advocate for Safe Access New Mexico, a Chapter of Americans For Safe Access; a freelance writer for Cannabis News Journal; and a medical cannabis patient in New Mexico.

Of the new health conditions added to the medical cannabis program 2018-2019, 5 of those new ones are from the Petitions submitted to the Dept. of Health for Safe Access New Mexico.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Dec. 2018)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (June 2019
Three Degenerative Neurological Disorders: Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (June 2019)

Jason lives in Albuquerque with his dog, Tecumseh, who has a very severe case of canine structural epilepsy. Jason’s work has focused solely on medical cannabis issues, decriminalization of cannabis, hemp policy and does not work on legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes or other illicit drug issues.

*Mr. Barker is not paid or employed in the medical cannabis industry nor does he have any financial interest in the medical cannabis industry or recreational cannabis industry.]





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