Pennsylvania Nurse 2019 Pennsylvania Nurse 74.1 - Page 6

By Jill Buterbaugh MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Advanced Vein Care, Duncansville, PA Assistant Professor of Nursing, Frostburg State University Student, Doctorate of Nursing, Salisbury University 1.1 contact hour PSNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The planners and author for this continuing education activity have declared they have no conflict of interest. Successful completion is reading the article and taking the post-test. What’s New in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law? Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act legalized the use of medical marijuana as an alternative therapeutic to ease suffering and improve the quality of life in patients who are terminally ill or suffer from a serious medical condition. Lack of valid and reliable research has inhibited the development of evidence-based recommendations. There are ethical concerns regarding generated financial revenue, consumer access, and safety. Legal conflict exists with federal statutes impacting all stages of growth, processing, distribution, and use, as well as enforcement, banking, and em- ployment regulations. Legalization has increased the reporting of adverse effects that are not well studied and con- Issue 74, 1 2019 Pennsylvania Nurse 4