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Medical Marijuana: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Professionals
Course Code: NA1768

Author(s): Patsy Barnes RN

Pre-approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, CNLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRC, CVRP, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs

Hours: 4

Medical Marijuana: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Professionals

This course examines medical marijuana, its legality, and current research being done. We will discuss the history of marijuana in America and the current environment, evaluating the difficult issues surrounding the situation from a legal, clinical, and ethical perspective. The Codes of Conduct for CCM, CRC, and CDMS will be explored in the context of medical marijuana.

This course is ETHICS PRE-APPROVED for CCM, CRC, CDMS, CLCP, CVRP, and RRP. The CCMC Code of Professional Conduct will be referenced in this presentation. 
Course Objectives:
  1. Explain the difference between medical and recreational marijuana.

  2. Present the difficulty in research for medical marijuana.

  3. Compare and contrast the legal issues surrounding medical marijuana.

  4. List the ethical issues involved in the use or nonuse of medical marijuana and the guidance given by the Codes of Conduct for healthcare professionals.

  5. Discuss an ethical decision making method regarding several case studies involving medical marijuana.

Course Overview:
  1. Explanation of marijuana, both medical and recreational

  2. History of marijuana in the United States

  3. Legal issues

  4. Clinical issues

  5. Ethical issues and Codes of Conduct

  6. Case studies including the ethical process for decision making

  7. Conclusion


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