Medicinal & Legal Marijuana: Practice and Policy Issues

April 17, 2023 (Live, Interactive Webinar)

Workshop Overview:

The goal of this interactive workshop is to identify the changes that have occurred in the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program. The history of marijuana legalization and major events that have shaped this history are discussed. Known scientific research on the benefits of medicinal marijuana and the risks associated with marijuana usage are covered, as well as the continued barriers to better scientific research on this topic. Interactive exercises are incorporated in order to have participants analyze child custody issues for clients who are on the NJ medicinal marijuana program. Other exercise includes the participants discussing how treatment is impacted by medicinal marijuana.

Workshop Objectives:

By attending this conference you will be able to do the following:

  1. 1. At the end of this course, participants will be able to interpret three changes that have occurred in the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program.

  2. 2. At the end of this course, participants will be able to determine the situations where the use of medicinal marijuana influence child custody issues.

  3. 3. At the end of this course, participants will be able to analyze whether to continue services for a client on medicinal marijuana if their only diagnosis is cannabis use disorder.

  4. 4. At the end of this course, participants will be able to describe how the use of medicinal marijuana could potentially influence a person’s employment.

  5. 5. At the end of this course, participants will be able to describe at least three reported risks of marijuana usage and three reported benefits of medicinal marijuana.

  6. 6. At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify at least three key historical events that shaped marijuana’s legal status in the United States.


Workshop Date:

April 17, 2023
Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Workshop Format:

Live, Interactive Webinar using the Zoom Platform

Registration Information:

Click Here for the Brochure!

Click Here to Register Online

Webinar Interaction:

This will be a live, interactive webinar using the Zoom platform. We will have interaction utilizing real-time questions and answers, Zoom polling questions, and breakout room small group exercises.

How do I obtain my certificate of completion in a Webinar World?:

Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop day to participants who meet our requirements. We will determine conference attendance through Zoom logs (as Zoom tracks when people enter and leave a conference), ensuring participants were attending during the entire conference. NOTE: You must use your own computer, if you and an office mate are attending the conference, do not surf off somebody else’s monitor because Zoom will state you weren’t in attendance. Your fillable PDF workshop evaluation will be emailed to you prior to the conference. Please fill out this evaluation and email it back to us at the same email address that sent you the evaluation. PDF Certificates of completion will be emailed to participants within 48 hours upon the return of the workshop evaluation.

Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 3 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT, LAMFT, LCSW, LSW) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). NJ Social Workers: We have applied for approval from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

Valid requests must be received in writing/email within seven (7) days of course date. Late requests for this 1 day workshop can only bring in a substitute attendee or receive credit for a future workshop date. All refunds are subject to a $15.00 processing fee. If paid by credit card, an additional $4.04 fee will be assessed to cover the cost of PayPal processing charges on credit cards. Refund requests require 2-3 weeks processing time and will be issued as a check as is our policy.

Privacy Policy:

Advanced Counselor Training keeps all information private. None of your information will go out to any other vendors, marketers, or other 3rd party applications or programs. On-line sign-up is done via a secured, encrypted server and any hard copy information sent to Advanced Counselor Training is stored in a locked, secure location.

Grievance Policy:

Valid grievance requests must be received in writing/email within ten days of workshop date, or can be provided in person directly after the workshop. Every attempt will be made to resolve a grievance with a complainant at the time of the grievance. Advanced Counselor Training’s social work consultant will be involved in all grievance resolutions for social workers. Should this not be resolved, the complainant will be provided further grievance procedures to follow including contacting the Licensed Professional Counselor Committee at the Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6415, and/or contacting NBCC at (336) 547-0607, to report the nature of the unresolved grievance.

Any social worker not pleased with the complaint resolution provided by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC may appeal to the CE accrediting entity or their jurisdictional board. The State Board of Social Worker Examiners at the Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (973) 504-6495.

Disability Accommodations:

If you need any accommodations due to a disability, please contact Advanced Counselor Training, LLC upon registration to the workshop. We can be reached at 732-544-2189 or via email at

Previous Workshop Feedback:

I know what you’re thinking … a webinar? Really? Yes, and I solemnly swear to do my best to not make this a snooze fest! Here is recent feedback from webinars:
This entire workshop was beyond my expectations!! I learned so much valuable information and was engaged throughout the entire presentation. Glenn Duncan should be the only one allowed to teach this course, as he can knowledge beyond his years. I wish Glenn Duncan could be every professional’s supervisor, as he is spot on. I love the information displayed during our breaks.” – July, 2022

“Glenn is simply one of the most knowledgeable and effective teachers I have ever encountered. He is brilliant, his knowledge is pertinent and up to date and he is so funny that your mind never has a second to wander. I learn so much when I take one of his workshops.” – July, 2022

“The most useful part of this course was the combination of comprehensive information, and how it was delivered. Glenn was enthusiastic and informative. He had endless informative examples and was ready to answer any questions that came up.” – April, 2022

Glenn presents the material in a knowledgeable way and provides amazing clarity to guidelines that can be confusing. I always look forward to his trainings and find them highly applicable. He is also approachable to ask questions and I feel individual needs are met in addition to the basic training material.” – February, 2022

“Glenn is literally the best instructor ever as he effectively uses his sense of humor and knowledge so that i actually retain the information. He keeps me very interested in the subject matter.” – November, 2021

“I chose this [Harm Reduction] course because it’s a topic to which I have a very visceral reaction and I wanted to challenge myself. I’m so happy that I did challenge myself. I realized that I thought I knew what encompasses harm reduction, but having more education about what good harm reduction means was a real game changer.” – August, 2021

“Glenn presents the material in a way that is easy to understand. He is very entertaining which helps to keep my attention. I would rank him as one of the best presenters ever.” – June, 2021

“I’ve been licensed since 1998, and this was the most informative and entertaining workshop I’ve attended!!” – March, 2021

“Glenn was engaging and very interactive. This was probably the best web based CE I have attended and I really appreciate how enthusiastic the presenter was to keep us engaged.” – September, 2020

“An amazing distribution of information!” – May, 2020 (and yes that is actual feedback from a webinar participant).

Workshop Timed Agenda:

8:30 am – Zoom webinar opens for attendees to enter, workshop begins at 9 a.m.

  • 9:00 AM – The History of Marijuana Legalization in the United States – (45 minutes)

      1. Marijuana legal status before 1937.

    1. 2. Marijuana prohibition and Harry J. Anslinger.

    2. 3. Marijuana prohibition 1950s and 1960s.

    3. 4. The controlled substances act of 1970.

    4. 5. The influence of President Nixon and the “war on drugs”.

    5. 6. Tightening of prohibitive laws from the 1980s and 1990s.


  • 9:45 AM – Medicinal Marijuana – Local and National Policy Issues (1 hour)
    1. 1. Discussion of the recent changes to state medicinal cannabis (NJ- Compasionate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act [CUMMA] Revisions)

    2. 2. Discussion of the recent changes to state recreational cannabis.

    3. 3. Can employers fire an employee who has positive urine drug screen for cannabis if they are on medicinal marijuana?

    4. 4. Discussion of Federal medicinal and recreational cannabis


  • 10:45 AM – (15 Minute Morning Break)

  • 11 AM – Medicinal Marijuana Research – Risks and Benefits (1 hour)
    1. 1. Marijuana usage – beneficial effects.

    2. 2. Marijuana usage – effects to the respiratory and immunity systems.

    3. 3. Marijuana usage – cancer causing research results.

    4. 4. Marijuana usage – influence on mental health disorders, substance use disorders and psychosocial effects.

    5. 5. Marijuana usage – injury, death and pre-natal issues.

    6. 6. Barriers to marijuana research.


  • 12 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

  • 1 PM – Medicinal Marijuana Ethics – Child Custody Issues (1 hour)
    1. 1. Discussion of the ethics around medicinal marijuana as it relates self-determination vs. safety issues.

    2. 2. Medicinal marijuana parent and potential child custody issues.

    3. 3. Interactive group exercise on a client with DCP&P involvement and on medicinal marijuana.


  • 2 PM – (15 Minute Afternoon Break)

  • 2:15 PM – Understanding the Nomenclature and Relevant Cannabiniods in Marijuana (45 minutes)
    1. 1. NJ’s limit of 10% THC and what that means

    2. 2. THC and THCA vs. CBD. Which cannabinoids are relevant and why only one type can be present in high amounts.

    3. 3. The effects of CBDs on THC.

    4. 4. Introduction into the NJ medicinal marijuana program: debilitating conditions covered.

    5. 5. Discussion of the process of obtaining a Medicinal Marijuana card in NJ.


  • 3 PM Medicinal and Legal Marijuana – Continued Treatment Implications
    1. 1. Discussion of the ethics around continuing to treat a client with a diagnosed cannabis use disorder who is also on medicinal marijuana.

    2. 2. How should a clinician/program respond if probation states that treatment is required for a medicinal marijuana client.

    3. 3. Interactive exercise: Medicinal marijuana and continued treatment with a client.


  • 3:30 PM – Question and answer period, instructions on how to obtain PDF of certificate of completion.

    $129 – Early Registration per workshop day (by 04/03/23)
    $150 – Late Registration per workshop day (04/04/23 – 04/15/23)


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1) Will this workshop only be held as a live, interactive webinar?

    The pandemic has shown us that live, interactive webinars provide us with the ease of being able to do continuing education remotely. We plan to go back to offering these workshops in both interactive webinar and live workshops formats. However, we will only do go back to live workshops when it is safe to do so, and when we feel enough people would support coming out to a live in-person workshop.

    2) If the workshop is presented in both a live, interactive webinar and as an in-person training, will this workshop be offered in a hybrid fashion (e.g., open to either those attending in person or via webinar simultaneously)?

    No! We currently do not have approval for the hybrid format, nor are we seeking approval for the hybrid format. Therefore, the entire workshop must be taken either as a live, interactive webinar or as an in-person live workshop, and will only be offered as such.