Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacy Technicians Program

Tags: Online learning, Pharmacy technicians


Please note that this course is included in the PD Pharmacy Technicians Bundle. For only $50 more, you can have access to this and four other professional development courses!

This course will enable Pharmacy Technicians to understand current national and provincial regulations regarding Cannabis, with a focus on Ontario regulations. Pharmacy Technicians will also achieve an understanding of possible therapeutic uses and risks associated with the use of Cannabis. We hope that a greater understanding of cannabis will lead to decreased stigma associated with its use and allow Pharmacy Technicians to communicate in a professional way when addressing questions and concerns regarding cannabis use.

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Pricing and Registration”. A drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.

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Program outline

This online program consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Laws and Regulations of Cannabis in Canada and in Ontario (0.25 hr)
  • Module 2: Ethics and Professionalism (0.25 hr)
  • Module 3: Therapeutics of Cannabis (1.25 hr)
  • Reflective Exercise (0.5 hr)
  • Final Multiple-choice Exam (0.5 hr)
  • Program’s Evaluation


Continuing Education Units:

  • Number of CEUs:  3.00

Course Availability:

You must complete the course one day before its expiry date; access will be removed after this point.

Learning Format: 

  • Online learning modules
  • Case study analysis and discussion

Learner Assessment:

  • Multiple choice assessment
  • Reflective exercise

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

Module 1: Laws and Regulations of Cannabis in Canada and in Ontario

  • Describe the major provisions of legal requirements related to cannabis for medical and recreational purposes
  • Describe the approach to accessing cannabis for medical purposes
  • List the requirements of a medical document authorizing cannabis use for medical purposes

Module 2: Ethics and Professionalism

  • Describe the ethical principles in relation to cannabis
    • Beneficence
    • Non-maleficence
    • Accountability / fidelity
    • Respect for the person
  • Explain how the four ethical principles can be applied to pharmacy practice

Module 3: Therapeutics of Cannabis

  • Briefly explain the pharmacology of cannabinoids
  • Compare the different routes of administration of cannabis
  • Recognize when lower-risk use recommendations for a specific person may be applicable
  • List disease states and/or symptoms that may be relieved or worsened by cannabinoids
  • Flag potential drug-drug interactions with cannabis for pharmacist review

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements until one day before its expiry date: 

  1. Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  2. Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  3. Successfully complete the reflective exercise, within a maximum of two attempts.
    • Please note that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise.
  4. Complete the program’s evaluation.

Pre-requisites and Target Audience

There are no pre-requisites for this program. This online professional development program is designed to support pharmacy technicians who have an interest in broadening their knowledge in the area of cannabis.

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Alison Yi Jin Wong, RPh (MSc, BScPhm)
  • Jamie Yuen, RPh, BCGP (BScPhm)
  • Jon Hunchuck, RPh, ACPR (BScPhm)

Last updated: June 12, 2019

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Cannabis for Techs   $125.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
Cannabis for Techs   $250.00 Add to Cart 
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