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Counseling, Programming and Policy in the Age of Legal Marijuana
September 9, 2021, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$99
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, ICADC, CJC, CCS
This course will provide an overview of the history of marijuana policy in America and will cover both state and federal laws. NJ citizens voted to legalize marijuana in 2020 and the NY state legislature made it legal in 2021. This course should help professionals with prevention discussions and how to counsel people who believe that cannabis use is important to their mental health or substance use disorder treatment. It will focus on the most recent US and International studies on marijuana discussing how it affects the brain and the body. Participants will take part in a discussion about the seven great marijuana myths (including that it is harmless and non-addictive). We will discuss how marijuana criminalization has impacted the judicial system. The economics of marijuana will be a particular focus, as the instructor will discuss medical marijuana, taxes, regulation, marketing and how marijuana may be a new big tobacco. One of the most complicated aspects of all of this is workplace safety rules; much is unknown but we will discuss and examine the latest information.