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Medical Cannabis Certification Course and Advanced Topics in Medical Cannabis

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Live Online Webinar


Physicians who want to recommend medical cannabis to patients or medical professionals and pharmacists who will be employed in dispensaries, must take this approved Medical Cannabis 4-hour Certification Course to be a part of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program. All healthcare professionals in the U.S. are encouraged to become educated on medical cannabis, qualifying serious health conditions, potential drug-drug interactions, and safety and risk information to discuss with patients.

This course may be of interest to professionals who don't plan to participate in a state Medical Marijuana program, to be prepared to guide patients and answer their questions around this emerging therapeutic area.

Our Advanced Topics in Medical Cannabis, 2 credit hour continuing education course is recommended for professionals who have attended previous medical cannabis education. 

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Attend morning and/or afternoon session of continuing education.

Time Program

Medical Cannabis: Clinical Considerations and Dispensing in PA (4 continuing education hours)




Advanced Topics in Medical Cannabis (2 continuing education hours)

Medical Cannabis 4-hour Certification Course

(4 continuing education hours)

Presenting Faculty

  • Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP, Director of Pharmacy, Doylestown Hospital, PA
  • Adam C. Lake, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS, FACMQ, Penn LGHealth in Lancaster, PA
  • Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Abington Hospital, Jefferson Health

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Certification Course Description

Medical Cannabis: Clinical Considerations and Dispensing in PA  (4 hours)


The purpose of this program is to educate physicians, pharmacists, certified registered nurse practitioners or physician assistants seeking to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. All health professionals interested in learning more about medical cannabis are also encouraged to take this course.


  1. Explain the status of cannabis as a controlled substance in the US under federal law as well as the state to state variability in medical cannabis laws
  2. Identify cannabinoid receptors and the non-phytocannabinoid constitutes of cannabis
  3. Describe key features of the endocannabinoid system and cannabis pharmacology
  4. Discuss best practices in patient evaluation, medical marijuana product choice and dosage, and therapeutic monitoring
  5. Explain how possible concurrent opioid use, risk management, and palliative care considerations impact patient pain management clinical care
  6. Recognize potential drug interactions, side effects, and the potential for addiction from medical cannabis use

Advanced Topics in Medical Cannabis

2 continuing education hours.  Each section is 45 minutes with 15 minutes of questions and answers at the end.

More information about faculty and disclosures.


This program is for healthcare professionals who are seeking advanced clinical training to improve their knowledge of cannabis use for specific serious medical conditions, including implications on special populations. Participants should have completed introductory Medical Cannabis education training, similar to the USciences 4-hour Certification course. 





Pharmacists: ACPE Credits for this knowledge based program will be awarded and submitted for all pharmacist attendees who register & attest to their active attendance through the webcast platform, complete the evaluation form, successfully complete the post-test, and submit their NABP ePID and DOB verifier (MMDD). 100% attendance is required.



Alpha Zeta Omega National Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


Satisfactory Completion

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must participate in the entire activity as partial credit is not available.  If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Acknowledgment of Financial or In-Kind Commercial Support

No financial or in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Refund Policy

No refunds. You may transfer your registration to an alternate participant, with advance notice, or apply the fee amount towards a future certification course, if available.



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Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD, FCPP
Executive Director, Substance Use Disorders Institute


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