Policy & Science Session: Marijuana Legalization: What Addiction Medicine Providers Need to Know

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State laws and public perceptions regarding marijuana have been changing rapidly. Addiction treatment providers need to be prepared to talk to their patients in a clear and unbiased way about both the risks associated with marijuana and what is known about its therapeutic potential. This plenary session, moderated by ASAM President Elect William F. Haning, MD, DFASAM, will explore what is known about the impacts of state marijuana policy changes on substance use related outcomes and will provide an overview of current research on the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. Speakers will also provide guidance on how to effectively communicate what we do and do not know on these topics. These talks will be followed by a panel discussion with treatment providers on how they discuss these issues with their patients, challenges they face, and how they address them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what is known about impacts of state marijuana policy changes on substance use related outcomes
  2. Discuss with patients in a clear and unbiased way about both the risks associated with marijuana and what is known about its therapeutic potential
  3. Identify potential challenges and solutions to discussing marijuana with patients

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Open to view video. This session was recorded on April 4, 2020.
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