Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacy Technicians Program

Tags: Online learning, Pharmacy technicians

This course is part of our Professional Development Technician Bundle, available for purchase with 2020 OPA Membership. For more information, click here!


This course enables pharmacy technicians to understand current national and provincial regulations regarding cannabis, with a focus on Ontario's regulations. Pharmacy technicians will also achieve an understanding of the possible therapeutic uses and risks associated with cannabis. We hope that a greater understanding of cannabis will lead to decreased stigma associated with its use and allow pharmacy technicians to communicate professionally 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 menu will provide 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)
  • Multiple-Choice Final Exam (0.5 hr)
  • Program Evaluation


Number of Continuing Education Units

Accreditation #

Accreditation Expiry Date
June 19, 2020

Course Availability:
You must complete the course one day before its expiry date; after this, access will be removed.

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 and 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 cannabis administration.
  • Recognize when lower risk 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 interactions with cannabis for pharmacist review.

Program Completion

To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements before the day preceding the course's 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.
  4. Please note that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise.
  5. Complete the program’s evaluation.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This program has no prerequisites. This online professional development program was designed to support pharmacy technicians with 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: Cancellation requests 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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