The Ethics of Medical Cannabis CEU Program

Monday, February 26, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 CEUs – Cost: $75

This course on the Ethics of Medical Cannabis presents a wide range of ethical issues. The conversation five years ago sounds very different from the one we’re having now and will probably sound very different from the one we will have five years hence. It will be in discussion format and will focus on the ethical questions that come up for practitioners.

In research literature, one of the dangers of cannabis use is the possibility of it catalyzing psychotic behavior.
Cannabis use has been characterized as appetite inducing, “lazy-making,” and a vehicle that interferes with rational thought. Cannabis is widely regarded as a gateway drug, is illegal in most states, and can develop dependency in the user.

Medical cannabis is a relatively new phenomenon that brings in new questions – or complicates previous questions. Evidence-based research shows that medically-prescribed cannabis can be beneficial with various mental health diagnoses and some physical health/pain management issues.

Various questions we will explore to make sense of this moving target might include:

•How is medical cannabis different from recreational cannabis?

•What are the criteria for diagnosing the symptomology and prescribing medical cannabis?

•What are the pros and cons of medical cannabis as a treatment modality for pain management?

•How is quality of life to be valued when considering alternatives to opiates in dealing with pain management?

•How would cannabis use interact with substance abuse treatment?

•How does the idea of harm reduction fit into the ethical question?

•As substance abuse professionals, how do you navigate abstinence-based practice in light of potential benefits of medical cannabis?

•How do you, as a professional, identify your own personal values and separate these from best practice with your client?

Presenters: Dianna W. Allen, LPCC/Paul Siewert, LPCC/Greg Gould, LSAA/Bob Maxwell, LSAA

Snacks will be provided, and will be held at the IOP Office, 3rd Floor, 5400 Gibson Blvd., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lea Harrison at [email protected]. RSVP is not mandatory, but allows for the appropriate preparation of room and materials.

Institute for Compassionate Community (ICC) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving and maintaining quality of life through education. Their vision is to deliver innovative experiences that will support balance within individuals and communities, and their goals include helping people weave compassion and community into their lives. For more information, visit

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque provides inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment to adults age 25 and older experiencing acute symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood swings or psychosis. For more information on the services available at Haven, please call 505-254-4500 or visit

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