Q: What does the legalization of cannabis mean for RPs?

A: The recent changes in cannabis laws do not affect the standards RPs are expected to maintain. CRPO standards state that it is considered professional misconduct to practise psychotherapy while impaired “by any condition or dysfunction or substance which the member knows or ought to know impairs his/her ability to practise.” Similarly, if an RP is aware of another health care provider who is practising while impaired, the RP may have a duty to report the individual to their regulatory college. RPs are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their employers’ cannabis policies.

For general guidance on providing treatment or other services to clients who use cannabis (or any other substances that may impair judgment or functioning) for medical or recreational purposes, members are encouraged to review Professional Practice Standard 3.2: Consent and the Informed Consent Workbook.