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Activity Dates: 05/02/2012 - 05/01/2015

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Session Summary

One of the most recent clinical controversies is the use of medical marijuana, and there are an increasing number of states in the US that have passed legislation to make the use of this agent legal. Although there seems to be high patient demand for medical marijuana, the majority of clinicians may not be aware of the data that is available regarding the safety and efficacy of this treatment.  Dr. Gold will provide a comprehensive overview of available literature that explores both the efficacy and safety data regarding use of medical marijuana.  Although laws vary from state to state, Dr. Gold will also delve into some of the logistics related to the dispensing of this agent. By the end of the session the participant should have a good understanding of both the benefits and risks of the use of medical marijuana so that he or she can apply this to patient care.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This session was presented live at the 2012 CPNP Annual Meeting. A PDF file of the slides and audio of the speaker’s presentation is provided. ACPE transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org and the credit will be automatically submitted to your account at CPE Monitor shortly after the evaluation is completed.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the process for legally obtaining medical marijuana and the restrictions associated with this.
  2. Understand the pharmacologic effects of cannabis.
  3. Explore the data on the use of cannabis to treat various medical disorders.
  4. Provide evidence and information regarding cannabis use for the purposes of patient education on the risks of cannabis use.
  5. Identify the diagnostic and clinical features of various cannabis use disorders.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/02/2012 - 05/01/2015
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-12-022-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPE Credit

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


CME Credit

Sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Nursing Credit

ACPE and ACCME approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (as quoted on the ANCC website):  “Other health disciplines' continuing education hours may be used if the content is applicable to your area of certification. ACPE and ACCME are specifically listed as approved credit types.

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