Medicinal & Legal Marijuana in NJ: Practice and Policy Issues

Workshop Overview

COVID-19 UPDATE: As things return to normal in the post-pandemic timeframe, Advanced Counselor Training will be providing 3 trainings per year. We are currently judging the desire to return to in-person trainings, however our summer offerings will always now be live, interactive webinars. We will be starting this practice starting with this summer’s live, interactive webinar workshop and hopefully by the fall we will be back to live, in-person workshops. However, live, in-person workshops will only resume when it is safe to do so. Our live, interactive webinars will be using the Zoom platform. As restrictions on indoor activities begin to allow for in-person trainings, our summer offerings will now always remain a live, interactive webinar format. If you feel either of these formats works for you, then please feel free to register today!
Medicinal and Legal Marijuana in NJ: Practice & Policy Issues

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 exercises include the participants discussing how treatment is impacted by medicinal marijuana and participants will analyze under what conditions there would be a “duty to report” a coworker on medicinal marijuana.

Workshop Date:

July 7, 2021
Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Workshop Location:

Live, Interactive Webinar using the Zoom Platform

Registration Information:

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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.

Feedback From Previous Workshop Participants:

“Glenn is a wonderful teacher. He has a great use of educational information combined with a genuine, humorous approach to the field that I can relate to and remain engaged.” – March, 2020

“The [medicinal and legal marijuana] information was presented clearly. I learned a lot of information I was not aware of.” – March, 2020

“I really like the way the instructor was able to field questions throughout the training. Glenn is always engaging and keeps me interested in the topic.” – July, 2020

“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

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

“There were so many good parts, but for me the most useful was information on the legislative process, the current obstacles facing accurate research data on the effects of cannabis, issues surrounding clinical work and DSM assessment implications for patients on medicinal marijuana, and employment issues regarding both patients and staff who are on medicinal marijuana.”

Click here for a 2019 evaluation summary of this topic after being taught at Rutgers University.

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:

Medicinal and Legal Marijuana in NJ: Practice and Policy Issues, Course #3537, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/18/2021 – 03/18/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Clinical continuing education credits. For LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs and LMFTs as this course is NBCC approved, provider #6532.

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

PARENTAL ADVISORY NOTICE: This Workshop Series Presenter runs a PG-13 Conference. If curse words tend to give you existential angst and/or you find them offensive… then DO NOT ATTEND!

DISCLAIMER: Management is cautioning that if offense occurs to you due random curse words (low level really, not the really bad ones), then it is possible this is NOT workshop for you. Caution! Presenter has sharp edges. This can be a very boisterous presentation. Laughing and learning may cause professional confusion in a small percentage of users; if this has occurred previously, take immediate actions that may include not attending this conference. A good sense of humor is required in order to attend. You know your humor limitations; this presenter DOES NOT!

Timed Agenda

8:30 AM – Sign-in/Morning Coffee Station

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

  1. 1. Marijuana legal status before 1937.

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

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

  4. 4. The controlled substances act of 1970.

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

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


9:45 AM – Medicinal Marijuana Ethics – Policy Issues (1 hour)

  1. 1. Discussion of the ethics around clinical staff using medicinal marijuana.

  2. 2. Does a licensee on medicinal marijuana pose a “duty to report” to the division of consumer affairs. Discussion of Title 45:1-37 and Title 45:1-21.

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

  4. 4. Should medicinal marijuana be treated differently than other prescribed medications?

  5. 5. Sample policy on medicinal marijuana and recent legal white paper.

  6. 6. Interactive group exercise in regards to whether a duty to report exists.


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/Answer Period, Webinar Completion


5 Hour Workshop – Medicinal and Legal Marijuanain NJ: Practice and Policy Issues

$129 – Early Registration per workshop day (by 06/23/21)
$150 – Late Registration per workshop day (06/24/21 – 07/05/21)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Currently, we are holding all workshops as live, interactive webinars using the Zoom platform. Once it is safe and we are allowed to go back to live, in-person workshop formats, we will be holding this conference with both live, in-person options and continue to provide live, interactive webinars for those who do not want to attend a live workshop. We have held our live workshops in Tinton Falls, NJ as it is a central location allowing people access throughout the state.

2) If the workshop is presented in both a live, interactive webinar and as an in-person training, can I take this workshop in a hybrid fashion (e.g., take the webinar portion in the morning, and later attend the in-person workshop in the afternoon?)

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.