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Public Health Implications of Expanded Marijuana Programs
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Many states have expanded their marijuana programs for a variety of reasons, for both medical and recreational purposes. Over time our drug crisis has worsened under the banner of legalization despite one platform to legalize is curbing our crisis. Other health impacts have worsened during this time, including increased use during pregnancy with known harms of in utero exposure, increased health care utilization, addiction across many age groups, increased potency with known harms including suicide and psychosis. Other impacts to the brain and other organs are documented as well.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Review the endocannabinoid system and how it is related to the opioid system
  • Explain what impact expanded marijuana programs have had on public health
  • Improve the ability to educate and communicate with patients who may have questions about marijuana
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Credit Statement
This webinar has been approved for a maximum 1, AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and AOAAM. The AOAAM is accredited by the AOA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Kenneth Finn, MD 

Kenneth Finn, MD has been practicing Pain Medicine in Colorado Springs since 1994.  He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1995), Pain Medicine (1998), and Pain Management (2000).  He is President (2022) of the American Board of Pain Medicine and has served on their Exam Council for 20 years. He served on the Colorado Governor's Task Force on Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group (2012) and serve 4 years on Colorado's Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council (2014-18).  He is certified in Cannabis Science from the University of Colorado Health Science Center (2022).  He was an invited speaker to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, March 2023.  He has testified to the Canadian Senate on their marijuana bill (2018) as well as New York General Assembly, and speaks internationally on the health impacts of marijuana, including being an invited speaker to the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, UCLA VA Medical Center, and the Texas Medical Society, among many others.  He is editor of Cannabis in Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach (2020) and currently the Co-Vice President (2021) of the International Academy on the Science and Impacts of Cannabis ( which is now a member of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (2023).

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Oct 01, 2026
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $35.00
Resident/Intern Member: $0.00
Student Member: $0.00
Credit Offered:
1 AOA Category 1A Credit
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