Medical Marijuana: Ethics and Bias Across the Lifespan

June 30, 2022

This training will help attendees understand the legal, ethical, and clinical complexities relating to medical marijuana 

Target Audience

RNs / SW / Health Coaches / Dieticians/ Paramedics / EMTs

Learning Objectives

1.   Distinguish between recreational and medical marijuana use, access, and formulations

2.   Appraise risks and benefits of marijuana use in medical and psychiatric patients

3.   Identify resources to assist with problem solving complex cases




Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/30/2022 - 12:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
06/30/2022 - 1:00pm EDT

Program begins at 12:00 pm  and adjourns at 1:00 pm Total Education Time:  1 Hour





Overview of Legal and Ethical Context

John Rozel, MD, MSL


Discussion:  The Medical Science of Marijuana

Jessica S. Merlin MD, PhD, MBA


Case Study Review & Discussion

John Rozel, MD, MSL
Jessica S. Merlin MD, PhD, MBA



UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh 15219
United States
John Rozel, MD, MSL
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Adjunct Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Dr. Rozel has been working in emergency mental health for over 25 years and has been the medical director of resolve Crisis Services since 2010.  He is the President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, the leading national organization dedicated to the improvement of compassionate, evidence based care for people with psychiatric emergencies.   He is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.  Dr. Rozel is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a 2018 recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Dr. Rozel regularly provides clinical and didactic training to medical students, residents and fellows at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; mentors graduate students through the Center for Bioethics and Health Law; co-teaches the Mental Health Law course at the School of Law; and teaches regional law enforcement professionals through the Crisis Intervention Team training program.  He is the creator of the Clinical Homicide and Aggression Management Practices for Inpatient, Outpatient and Nontraditional Settings (CHAMPIONS) training.  

Dr. Rozel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Ethics and his MD at Brown University.  He received a Master of Studies in Law from the University of Pittsburgh.  He completed his general psychiatry residency and child and forensic psychiatry fellowships at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.  

Jessica S. Merlin MD, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Tenure Stream
Dr. Merlin is a physician and is board certified in internal medicine, infectious disease, palliative care, and addiction medicine, and runs a pain and palliative care clinic embedded in an HIV patient-centered medical home.  She is also a PhD-trained behavioral scientist and NIH-funded clinician-investigator. Her research includes foundational work on the pathophysiology, clinical epidemiology, and behavioral management of chronic pain in people with HIV. This work has extended to management approaches to pain and opioid misuse/use disorder in individuals with serious illness in palliative care settings. She has been recognized nationally for her work with three Young Investigator awards from relevant societies, an Inspirational Leader Under 40 Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and a Cambia Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Award. She is an active scientific mentor to trainees at the doctoral, post-doctoral, and junior faculty level, as is the Director of Mentoring for Pitt's Institute for Clinical Research Education as well as the Associate Program Director for Research for Pitt's Internal Medicine residency and Director of the General Internal Medicine research fellowship.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CCM CE will be provided:  1 CE  - CCM COA will be sent via email from UPMC Health Plan nurse planner approximately 6-8 weeks following the live date of the course.

This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 1 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
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