Medical & Legal Marijuana in NJ

Workshop Overview

Due to COVID-19 continuing through the summer and a slow lifting of restrictions, I do not believe the NJ government will allow conferences of 50 or more any time soon. I also do not believe many of us are physically and/or emotionally ready to get together in that large of a setting yet, thus we are converting all live SUMMER AND FALL 2020 (August – November) workshops to webinars. We will be using the Zoom platform. We are hopeful that by the winter 2020/2021, we will be back to live workshop formatting, but in person workshops will only occur again when it is safe to do so. The live, interactive webinar will occur on the same date/time as the live workshop. If you feel either of these formats works for you, then please feel free to register today!
Medical 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 Medical Marijuana Program. The history of marijuana legalization and major events that have shaped this history are discussed. Known scientific research on the benefits of medical 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 medical marijuana program. Other exercises include the participants discussing how treatment is impacted by medical marijuana and participants will analyze under what conditions there would be a “duty to report” a coworker on medical 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 Medical Marijuana Program.

  2. 2. At the end of this course, participants will be able to determine the situations where the use of medical 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 medical 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 medical 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 medical 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:

September 9, 2020
Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshop Location:

Live, Interactive Webinar

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.”

“The [medical and legal marijuana] information was presented clearly. I learned a lot of information I was not aware of.”

“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.”

“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.”

“This was the best use of Dr. Seuss I’ve ever seen!”

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


Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 6 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards- ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #87 Course #1964 from 07/30/2018 to 07/30/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6.


Registration Information:

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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

Course Completion Requirements:

All participants will have to show 100% attendance. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. Participants will have to sign in at the beginning of the workshop and sign out at the end of the workshop. All participants must complete the course evaluation and hand it in at the end of the workshop. Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who meet all of these requirements at the end of the workshop day.

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 not responsible for any virtual wounds that may occur by random curse words during this workshop presentation. 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!

Workshop Components:

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 – Medical Marijuana Ethics – Policy Issues (1 hour)

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

  2. 2. Does a licensee on medical 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 prescribed marijuana?

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

  5. 5. Sample policy on medical 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)

11:00 AM – Understanding the Nomenclature and Relevant Cannabinoids in Marijuana (30 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 medical marijuana program: debilitating conditions covered.


11:30 AM – Medical 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.


12:30 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 PM – Medical Marijuana Ethics – Child Custody Issues (1 hour)

  1. 1. Discussion of the ethics around medical marijuana as it relates self-determination vs. safety issues.

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

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


2:30 PM – (15 Minute Afternoon Break)

2:45 PM – Process of Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card (45 minutes)

  1. 1. Discussion of the steps necessary to obtain a medical marijuana card in NJ.

  2. 2. Qualifying conditions and rates of referral for medical marijuana and usage of medical marijuana.

  3. 3. Restrictions (public) to where a qualifying patient can smoke/vape medical marijuana

  4. 4. Virtual tour of the Garden State medical marijuana dispensary.


3:30 PM – Medical Marijuana – Continued Treatment Implications (30 minutes)

  1. 1. Discussion of the ethics around continuing to treat a client with a diagnosed cannabis use disorder who is also on medical marijuana.

  2. 2. DSM-5 assessment implications regarding clients who are on medical marijuana.

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

  4. 4. Interactive exercise: medical marijuana and continued treatment with a client.


4:00 PM – Question/Answer Period, Attendee Sign-out, Certificate of Completion Dissemination


6 Hour Workshop – Medical and Legal Marijuana

$129 – Early Registration per workshop day (by 08/26/20)
$150 – Late Registration per workshop day (08/27/20 – 09/07/20)

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Which licensures are these clock hours approved for?

Social Workers (LCSWs and LSWs) – this course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #87 Course #1964 from 07/30/2018 to 07/30/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6. This course is approved for for 6 contact hours for LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs and LMFTs as this course is NBCC approved, provider #6532.

2) Will this workshop only be held in Tinton Falls?

Currently, we are holding this in central NJ to allow as many people as possible to have access to this workshop. We will be in Princeton on May 17, 2019 at 1 Monument Drive. We will likely be in Tinton Falls after this.