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Marijuana and the Older Patient
Presenter: Masil George, MD
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Knowledge Gap: 
The purpose of this activity is to educate healthcare providers with the most up-to-date information on Marijuana and the Older Adult.

Target Audience
The target audience includes all healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals who would like to learn about Marijuana and the Older Adult and how it pertains to their respective profession.

Release and Expiration Dates
3/9/2017 - 3/9/2020


  1. Define active ingredients of marijuana and routes of use/abuse.
  2. Explain recent legislative changes and current position on marijuana use by regulatory bodies.
  3. List benefits and burdens of marijuana use, especially in the older adults.

Biographical Info


Dr. George is a geriatrician and pain management specialist.  She is a Hospice Medical Director and Director of the Geriatric Palliative Care Program.  She is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. George sees patients at the Reynolds Institute on Aging and several assisted living facilities.  Her interests include optimal managment of various geriatric syndromes, particularly pain and symptom management in the elderly, with a focus on quality of life.





  • National Institute on Drug Facts: Is marijuana medicine

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Recognizing and regulating cannabis as a temptation good. Caulkins JP Int. J Drug Policy 2017 Feb 10

  • https://www.verywell.com/alternatives-to-smoking-medicinal-marijuana-1132343

  • Institute of Medicine Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health report "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base". Accessed from procon.org

  • Abrams, DI. "Cannabis in Painful HIV-Associated Sensory Neuropathy: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial" Neurology Vol. 68, Pages 515-521. Feb. 2007

  • Fitzcharles et al. The Dilemma of Medical Marijuana Use by Rheumatology Patients. Arthritis Care & Research. Volume 66, Issue 6, June 2014, Pages 797–801

  • Kalant et al. Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Medical Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. 2012 report available at www.ccsa.ca

  • Mack A, Joy J. Marijuana as Medicine? The Science Beyond the Controversy. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2000.

  • Medical cannabis access, use, and substitution for prescription opioids and other substances: A survey of authorized medical cannabis patients P. Lucas & J. Walsh Int Journal of drug policy, 2017-04-41

  • Marijuana Liberalization Policies: Why We Can't Learn Much from Policy Still in Motion. Rosalie Liccardo Pacula,Eric L. Sevigny. Journal of Policy Analysis & management, Oct 2013


Speaker Disclosures:
The planners, speakers, moderators, peer reviewers and /or panelists of this CE activity have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Kim Miller
Sarah Rhoads 
Susan Smith Dodson
Mark Jansen

Masil George, MD

Peer Reviewers: 
Kim Miller, MCHES

Instructions to obtain credit:

1.       Launch the activity 
2.       Complete the pre-test 
3.       View the entire activity online 
4.       Complete the post-test 
           (must pass the post-test with a score of 80% to receive credit)
           You may retake the post-test if you do not receive a passing score.
5.       Complete Evaluation 
Print certificate or transcript (Available in the “My Profile” tab).


ANCC Accreditation Statement:
The Office of Continuing Education, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

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Little Rock, AR 72205 
Phone: 501-661-7962 Fax: 501-661-7968

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement 
The University of Arkansas for Medical Science Office of Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
25 Registered Users
1 Hours> Non-Accredited

1 Credits> Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

1 Contact Hours> American Nurses Credentialing Center> ANCC

1 CECH, 1 CECH> University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences> CHES