Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet to approved or recognized the marijuana plant as medicine, scientific study showed a path to two FDA-approved medications available in pill form which are derived from the marijuana plant. Also 33 states now have some type of medical cannabis law in place, and the number continues to grow. Further, a 2015 poll conducted by SERMO, a social network exclusively for doctors, found that 68 percent of U.S. physicians now support legalized cannabis.
Physician groups, hospitals, and managed care organizations and many others requires nurses with a deep understanding of the medicinal applications of cannabis – so much so that the term, cannabis nursing, has become a recognized discipline. Many professional nursing organizations and the American Cannabis Nursing Association (ACNA), also addressed the need for nursing professionals well versed in the medicinal use of cannabis.