Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
substances are those which are used to alleviate pain, anxiety
or other unwanted bodily or mental symptoms without respect for
curing or improving the actual underlying condition. The primary
purpose is to reduce symptoms, rather than treat the illness.
The medical implementation of palliative care is not dependent
upon prognosis. A poison is any substance that when administered
to a living creature, causes death or injury. So, where does marijuana
fall? There are now many states allowing the use of “medical
marijuana”, and Pennsylvania is now one of them. Several
states have “legalized” the adult use of marijuana
as an alternative to alcohol. The Federal government’s guidelines,
through the office of the President of the United States, DEA,
and the Attorney General, seem to be unclear. So what is marijuana
and what are the issues that create such definite combative positions
that seem to make a common plant an angel of mercy or a devil
of death and misery? How will the legalization affect DUI, impaired
workers, children, and other issues, especially in the Commonwealth?
This workshop surveys the broad areas of production, marketing,
pricing, distribution and use of marijuana – both medical
and non-medical. Topics include chemical ingredients, potency,
methods of use, body retention, symptoms of use and abuse, issues
of addiction and withdrawal, motivations of use, connections with
other illegal drugs, and the various acute and long-term effects
of use. The medical marijuana controversy will be discussed, with
emphasis on the dangers of marijuana as a “medicine”,
the “medical” treatment of children and adolescents,
and the issue of drugged driving and marijuana use. Included in
this updated version are points of discussion on Pennsylvania’s
Act 16 and the recent “legalization” of pot for personal
use in other states and its implications for the Commonwealth.
Law enforcement agencies, courts, and treatment facilities will
be learning rapidly the implications of this rush to “medicate”
and “recreate” with cannabis. This course will introduce
participants to the pros and cons of the marijuana movement, and
will attempt to keep up with the constant evolving of laws, rules,
directives, and implementation. The appearance of growing facilities,
dispensaries, caretakers, and patients will impact participants.
That impact is yet to be determined.
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