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Marijuana: Ethical Dilemmas, Considerations, & Controversies (NA2356)


Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA


Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRCC, CVRP, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , MSCC, NAADAC, RNs


Credit Hours: 7


CCM Credit Hours: 6


CDMS Credit Hours: 6


Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

With the increased legalization of marijuana throughout the United States of America, healthcare providers are seeing more patients using it recreationally and as medication. As use increases, specifically for anxiety and chronic pain, our knowledge base, and research is ever-changing.

Controversy surrounds the drug with the Federal v. States legal issues plus the effectiveness of its use as medication and whether the research supports that claim.

There is concern over marijuana use disorder and the fact that it may be a “gateway” drug that leads to the use and abuse of other drugs. Healthcare professionals are caught in an ethical dilemma with both the legal question as well as the question of marijuana as a medication. This course presents what marijuana is, what it is trying to become, and the research and statistics related to its use.

This course will present the codes of conduct for CCMC, CRCC, CDMS, and NADAAC. We will review the codes in the context of ethical dilemmas presented by the complexities of marijuana usage in our society.

*CCM, CRC, CDMS, CLCP, CVE, CVRP (2), MSCC, MCBAP, CCAPP, & NAADAC ETHICS CREDIT APPROVED. The CCMC Professional Conduct will be referenced in this presentation.



Course Objectives

  1. Explain what marijuana is and how it is used.

  2. List the effects of marijuana on the body.

  3. Describe the effects of marijuana on the brain.

  4. List the uses of marijuana as a medication.

  5. Explain why marijuana is illegal federally and the effect that has on research.

  6. Describe the ongoing research on marijuana and its derivatives including delta-8.

  7. Present the regulation of marijuana and its derivatives.

  8. Describe the ethical dilemmas posed for healthcare professionals regarding marijuana and the Codes of Conduct for CCMC, CRCC, CDMS, & NAADAC on the dilemma.

Course Outline

  1. What is Marijuana?

  2. Statistics

  3. Effects on the Brain and Body

  4. Is Marijuana a Medicine?

  5. History

  6. Research and Regulation

  7. Ethical considerations regarding marijuana and Codes of Conduct for CCMC, CRCC, CDMS, & NAADAC

  8. Cases

  9. Narrative Article and Current News on Marijuana

Course Price

$60.00

Customer Testimonial

Excellent information providing good source information and unbiased points of view.
Christine H.
- CCM