Stirring the Pot: Implications of Cannabis Legalization in New York State

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Stirring the Pot: Implications of Cannabis Legalization in New York State

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

12:00pm to 2:00pm ET


Presenter: Young Do, LMSW

NASW-NYS Members: $20

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $40

Non-Members: $50

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
As cannabis is legalized, social workers need to remain informed about regional laws and regulations and their implications for clients and communities. The presentation will begin with a brief introduction of cannabis psychopharmacology and the history of cannabis research and early policies aimed at regulation. Then contemporary cannabis policies in the United States at the federal level and individual states will be presented. Finally, New York’s legalization of cannabis will be discussed, starting with an examination of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act of 2021. The regulatory and enforcement mechanisms of the law will be presented, including the Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board. Finally, the presentation will conclude with the current political climate at the federal level for national legalization.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the legislative history of marijuana prohibition in the United States
2. Explain the impact of drug control policy on medical cannabis research
3.Identify the basic federal mechanisms of drug classification and its impact on cannabis
4. Describe the states’ approach to legalization, including New York
5. Explain New York’s legislative and regulatory frameworks for managing its retail cannabis industry

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Young Do, LMSW has served in a residential substance use disorder treatment program for men in Albany, New York for the past 18 years as a counselor, assistant clinical director, clinical director, and now CEO. He teaches an advanced clinical practice course in addictions and a drug policy course in the graduate program at the School of Social Welfare, UAlbany. Young is also pursuing his doctoral degree in social work, currently in candidacy. His research interests include the efficacy of mandated treatment, criminal justice diversion programs, psychological coercion, and criminal thinking. Young enjoys spending time with his family, especially playing chess and reading poetry with his five year-old son, Sammy.


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February 21st, 2024 from 12:00 PM to  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $20.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $40.00
Non-Member $50.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00