Current ‘State of Affairs’ of Medical Marijuana

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-17-006-H04-P

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Expiration Date:  March 28, 2020

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:  1.25

Activity Fee:  Member:  Free        Non-Member: $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Overview

Despite its controversial nature, medical marijuana use and legal adoption continues to expand nationwide. In fact, 24 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws allowing the prescribing of marijuana for certain medical conditions. Currently, there are over 70 completed or ongoing human clinical trials exploring cannabinoid use. However, many questions remain as variations of legal use exist from state to state, and more data is necessary to determine its clinical benefit and global effect on the United States health care system.  

This session will help managed care pharmacists evaluate published data on medical marijuana use, including its impact on health care costs and outcomes, and the opioid epidemic. In addition, attendees will explore the role of managed care professionals in the recommendation, training and documentation of medical marijuana. 

Learning Objectives:  

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Review the available data on the impact of medical marijuana on health care costs and outcomes, specifically opioid related deaths.

2. Describe the unique role of physicians and pharmacists in recommendation, training and documentation of medical marijuana.

3. Discuss the potential effect of medical marijuana on the use of other drugs, such as opioids.

4. Discuss the correlation between medical marijuana laws and prescription medication use in Medicare Part D.

Schedule of Educational Activity

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at the AMCP Annual Meeting 2017. 

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.

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Benjamin Schatzman,PharmD | Vice President of Pharmacy Plan Operations | Molina Healthcare, Inc. | Yorba Linda, California

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-17-006-H04-P 1.25 Contact Hours March 28, 2017 - March 28, 2020