Medical Marijuana and the Law

Note: This course is included in the Marij-thon®: Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Course.

Medical Marijuana and the Law provides a thorough review of the considerations associated with the recommendation of medical marijuana including information on the prescribing of FDA-approved cannabinoid-based medicines.


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This course provides a thorough review of the legal and medical considerations associated with the recommendation of medical marijuana. The course is comprised of 3 lessons:

  • Lesson 1: The Laws, The Rules and The Regulations

Lesson 1 discusses the legal issues impacting the production, distribution and use of medical marijuana.  Specifically, this lesson describes the statutes, judicial decisions, and administrative efforts which have shaped the federal posture and influenced the ability of individual states to enact medical marijuana programs.

  • Lesson 2: Recommending Medical Marijuana

Lesson 2 begins with a discussion of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ “Model Guidelines for the Recommendation of Marijuana in Patient Care” and then transitions into a discussion about the medical literature on the health effects of marijuana use.  Specifically, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s 2017 publication, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research will be described in detail.  Lesson 2 also addresses interpreting the results of studies that examine the effects of marijuana use.

  • Lesson 3: The FDA Drug Approval Process and FDA-approved Cannabinoid-based Medicines

Lesson 3 reviews the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug approval process, and provides a description of cannabinoid-based medications that have been approved by the FDA.

Subscribers can complete this CME/CE activity and refer back to the content at any point during their 12-month subscription period.

Content provides Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Psychological Association (APA) credits, and American General Dentistry (AGD) PACE credits.

I don’t plan on recommending marijuana…why would I take this course?

Whether or not you have any intention of recommending medical marijuana for patient care, you need to be well educated in this clinical area because your patients will be seeking your expert advice and guidance for this medication. Further, some of your patients may already be utilizing medical marijuana and you will need to be aware of its physiologic effects as well as its  potential drug interactions. As such, expertise in the endocannabinoid system and medical marijuana is paramount for most doctors, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, and other allied health professionals to remain that respected guide for their patients’ overall healthcare.

Editorial Team

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD

Founding Editor-in-Chief:
Stephen B. Corn, MD

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