Marijuana Update 2015

Fees Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Program Information


Data support the notion that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or other drugs, but that does not mean that its use is entirely benign. Given the national trend towards medicalization and commercialization, it is important to have current information about marijuana, including its biology, pharmacology, effects on brain development, and physical and mental health risks, in addition to issues related to synthetic marijuana. Mechanisms for decreasing marijuana abuse among college students will also be addressed.

Intended Audience

  • Administrators
  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Students
  • Health Educators

Learning Objectives

The participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the basics of marijuana use, abuse, pharmacology, risks, and epidemiology among college students.
  2. Describe the neurodevelopmental implications, physical and mental health effects, and associated adverse health behaviors related to marijuana use.
  3. Describe effective strategies to decrease marijuana use by college students.


Donald Misch, MD
University of Colorado Boulder

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee:
Program Planning Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities. Each of the Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

Eleanor Davidson, MD
Case Western Reserve University

Martha Davis, BSN, MBA
University of Georgia

Shari Shapleigh, BSN, FNP, MS
Tompkins Cortland Community College

Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES
Louisiana State University

Michael Malmon, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Drayton Vincent, LCSW, MSW, BCD
Louisiana State University (retired)

Donald Misch, MD
University of Colorado-Boulder


There is no fee for viewing the webinar.

There is a fee for each individual requesting continuing education credit. This is payable to ACHA and is required prior to receiving your CE certificate. This fee is non-refundable.

ACHA individual members at member institutions: FREE
ACHA individual members at a non-member institution: $15
Nonmembers: $25

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

It is estimated that it will require one and a half hours to view the download of this program and complete the post-test and evaluation. (You will be asked to identify the type of credit you are requesting when you take the post-test.)

Step 1: View the recorded webinar. You may also view the webinar presentation material in Adobe Acrobat [pdf] format (please note that this is a large file and may take a few minutes to download).

Step 2: Complete the Post-test and Evaluation Form. 

Step 3: Purchase CE creditException: ACHA individual members at member institutions receive free credit, so may skip this step. 

Statements and Disclosures

Type of Continuing Education

  • CME: 1.5
  • CHES: 1.5
  • MCHES: 1.5
  • PsyCE: 1.5

About this Activity

Self-paced, archived version of a live webinar

This ACHA webinar was presented live on September 22, 2015, at 12:00 pm Eastern. If you receive continuing education credit for the live webinar, you are not eligible for additional credit for the archived webinar.

Important Dates

Released: September 22, 2015
Expires: September 22, 2017


  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    ACHA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Sponsored by ACHA, a designated provider of continuing education content hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 1.5.

  • ACHA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ACHA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program has been awarded 1.5 hours of continuing education for psychologists

Policy on Continuing Education Post-Tests

It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. We encourage participants to complete the post-test and evaluation form immediately after viewing the download. Those with a passing grade of 80% on the post-test will receive their CE certificate electronically within two weeks.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about health-care products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial relationship.

The planners and presenters of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Off-Label Product Use

This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).