2020 Call for Nominations

The strategic leadership of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) begins with our elected officers and members-at large.  For the Fall 2020 election cycle, the ACNA will be filling four (4) Board of Directors (BOD) positions and the President-elect position.

BOD Members:  The ACNA Nominations Committee is seeking individuals who have been members of the ACNA for at least 12 months, are classified as either Regular or Retired members, and who have a passion, energetic enthusiasm and commitment to contribute to the vitality and growth of the ACNA by becoming a member of the Board of Directors.  Members who are interested in BOD positions should have demonstrated previous active service within the organization.

Authority and Accountability:  The BOD is the legal authority for the ACNA.  A Board member holds a position of trust and accountability, represents the membership and thereby the community, and is responsible for the governance of the organization.

Term of Office:  Board members are installed January 1st for a term of two years.  The Directors are elected by the membership.  They may be re-elected for a maximum of one additional two-year term and four consecutive years maximum may be served.  Interim appointments are not considered as part of the two-year term.  A simple majority is sufficient to the election of the Board of Directors and Officers.

Position Descriptions


Director Position Requirements:

  • Commitment to uphold and enact our mission statement:  advancing excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research, and policy development.
  • Attend the Annual Business Meeting and a minimum of 75% of the monthly Board meetings per year.
  • Commit at least ten-fifteen hours per month (preparation for meetings, meetings of Board and committee).
  • Commit to the mandate and work of the organization.
  • Keep informed of the organization's activities.
  • Follow conflict of interest and information management policies.

Director Position Responsibilities:

  • Act as the decision-making body for the membership.
  • Govern the organization following the by-laws, policies and procedures approved by the Board.
  • Develop priorities and goals based on community needs and funding requirements.
  • Review and, if appropriate, approve recommendations from Board committees and staff.
  • Participate in the annual planning process and review.
  • Be accountable to the community through the membership.
  • Be accountable to funders in meeting contractual obligations.
  • Assess the organization’s effectiveness on a regular basis.
  • Work with staff in a respectful, positive and supportive way.
  • Understand the role of staff and respect the boundaries between Board and Staff roles.
  • Maintain positive relations and regular contact with members and the community.
  • Executive Committee Members and Officers (President, President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary) have additional duties related to their position on the Board, including biweekly meetings.  Treasurer and Secretary positions are BOD members who are elected by the current BOD members at the January meeting.

ACNA Board Member Expectations:

  • Attend regular Board and Committee meetings and any special meetings or events.  Missing more that two unexcused consecutive BOD meetings may result in removal from the BOD.
  • Understand the organization's mission and mandate.
  • Participate on a rotational basis to answer emails to address membership concerns.
  • Keep up to date on issues, community trends and needs.
  • Participate on or chair committees as required.
  • Follow conflict of interest and freedom of information/confidentiality policies.
  • Review and be informed on financial and budget matters.



President-elect Position

In addition to meeting the BOD requirements above, the President-elect will serve for one (1) one-year term and will automatically succeed to one (1) two-year term as President following this.  The President-elect, in absence of the President, shall exercise the powers of the President.  The duties of this role shall be such as to allow the President-elect to acquire a thorough understanding of the business of ACNA and the duties of the office of the President.  The President-elect shall identify committee chairs for all organizational work to be accomplished during the next two-year term.

The President-elect must be an ACNA member for a minimum of two (2) years and contribute substantial service to the organization (e.g. active committee work, volunteering for tabling events, service at ACNA conference, mentoring to members) through volunteer work and/or service with related nursing or non-profit organizations and/or state or national advocacy work.  Demonstrates the ability to utilize communication skills and act with diplomacy.  Strong interpersonal skills are a must.

President-elect Position Responsibilities:

  • Understand and promote the organization’s mission.

  • Be familiar with the organization’s programs, policies, and operations.

  • Attend board meetings and appropriate committee meetings.
  • Actively serve on at least one committee and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings.
  • Participate and advocate for mission, events, education sessions.
  • Keep current on cannabis issues and developments in program areas.
  • Strictly adhere to conflict of interest policies.
  • Strictly adhere to confidentiality policies.
  • Participate in strategic planning.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization as needed.
  • Mentor members and committee chairs in their leadership growth.
  • Role model leadership qualities to members and larger community.
  • Collaborate with others to forward the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the organization using strong interpersonal skills.
  • Utilize strong interpersonal skills.

President-elect Position Time Demands (approximately 14-20 hours/month):

  • Attend and actively participate in at least 75% of all board meetings (bi-monthly board meetings, approximately 1-2 hour in length.
  • Attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (5 hours per month as determined by the committee).
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual strategic planning retreat (1 weekend day).
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual meeting (approx. 3-4 hours).
  • Attend annual conference.
  • Attend new board member orientation in January (approx. 3-4 hours).
  • Meets with President and Executive Director twice a month along with biweekly Executive Committee meetings (4-6 hours/ month).
  • Answers email inquiries (2 hours/ week).

President-elect Position Financial and Resource Development Expectations:

  • Be a Member of the organization – current on dues.
  • Promote and participate in organizations events-attend annual conferences.
  • Recruit sponsors, as needed.
  • Identify and cultivate potential members, speakers, sponsors, or donors.



Submit a Consent to Serve/Nomination Form

This year there are four open positions for Board Members at Large whose term will run January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.  Please click here to complete the Consent to Serve/Nomination Form.  Nominations will be accepted August 1 - August 31, 2020.

Click here to view and listen to the ACNA Nominations Committee Town Hall recording which discusses the application process, fall 2020 election timeline, and the importance of diversity in our leadership.  The Nominations Committee answered member questions about serving ACNA for the Director-at-Large and President-elect positions. 

The slate is reviewed by the Nominations Committee and approved by the BOD.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]



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The ACNA has zero-tolerance for any type of discrimination and all forms of harassment. Our zero-tolerance policy means that no form of discriminatory or harassing conduct by or toward any Association member, exhibitor, presenter, attendee, vendor or staff member will be tolerated. The Association is committed to assuring compliance with its policy at all levels within the Association.