Medical and Legal Marijuana in MI

Workshop Overview

Medical and Legal Marijuana in MI: Practice & Policy Issues

The goal of this interactive workshop is to identify the changes that have occurred in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act since its inception in 2008. Also discussed will be the new Prop 1 2018 approval of recreational marijuana. 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 Michigan 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 MI 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 and in MI.


Workshop Dates and Location:

April 25, 2019 – Eagle Eye – Eagles Nest, 15500 Chandler Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

April 26, 2019 – Embassy Suites, 850 Tower Drive, Troy MI, 48098.

Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 6 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LLPC, CAADC) 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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Register for April 25, 2019

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Course Completion Requirements:

All participants will have to show 100% attendance. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. and any participant who enters the workshop later than 9:15 a.m. will not be allowed into the workshop. 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” as described in Michigan Code 333.16222 and Michigan Code 333.16223 (Duty to Report: Impairment).
  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. THC and THCA, vs. CBD. Which cannabinoids are relevant and why only one type can be present in high amounts.
  2. 2. The effects of CBDs on THC and everything you need to know about CBD.
  3. 3. Introduction into the Michigan 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. The process of obtaining a medical marijuana card.
  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. Discussion of the implications of Michigan’s legalization of marijuana and Prop 1 details.


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. How should a clinician/program respond if probation states that treatment is required for a medical marijuana client.
  3. 3. 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 04/10/19)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 04/11/19 – 04/23/19)

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why are there no frequently asked questions regarding medical and legal marijuana for Michiganders?

That is a very good question that I do not have an answer for. I can picture one of three reasons: 1) this course was just recently offered up to Michigan thus no questions yet; 2) Michiganders are fairly chill by nature and if they have questions they will ask it at the conference; or 3) everyone is high now that marijuana is legalized, and you collectively forgot what the question was.