RNs and NPs involved at any level of client care may be in possession of and/or distributing cannabis for the purposes of providing treatment to a client. The Cannabis Regulations provide the nurse with the legal authority to possess and distribute cannabis for medical purposes despite the limitations or restrictions in the Cannabis Act. For example, a nurse who possesses cannabis for the purposes of administering it can be found to be in possession of the cannabis. For the purposes of the Cannabis Act, the definition of possession in the Criminal Code is adopted.
A person is deemed to be "in possession" when the person has the substance in their personal possession, knowingly has it in the actual possession or custody of another person or has it in any place, whether or not that place belongs to or is occupied by them, for the use or benefit of themselves or of another person. "Distribute" is defined as "administering, giving, transferring, transporting, sending, delivering, providing or otherwise making available in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and offering to distribute."