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Misconceptions About Medical Marijuana


October 29, 2018

On Friday November 2, 2018, at the ASCP conference, 5 speakers will be discussing the misconceptions surrounding use of medical marijuana for older adults and the current state of regulations and funding regarding its use.

Use of marijuana for medical purposes is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, yet it is still a Schedule I substance according to the federal government. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that received federal funding under Medicare and Medicaid may be concerned about allowing residents to use medical marijuana and especially fearful about potential loss of funding due to these circumstances. Speakers, one a pharmacist and one a medical director, will discuss how they worked together to help residents access medical marijuana in their particular SNF. 

Presenters will (1) discuss the integration of medical marijuana into facilities, (2) clarify the differences between state and federal laws and risks for mitigation in federal programs, (3) and discuss issues of drug security and storage, diversion, acquisition, and resident rights.

Speakers scheduled to be part of this session include Robert C. Accetta, RPh, BCGP, C-MTM; Zachary Palace, MD, CMD, FACP; Joanne S. Hirshfield, RPh, MBA, BCGP; Mary P. Evans, MD, CMD; and Lisa M. Morris, RPh, BCGP, FASCP.

ACPE UAN: 0203-0000-18-069-L03-P | Contact Hours: 1.0

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