Marijuana: To Legalize or Not to Legalize, Making an Educated Decision



The purpose of this presentation is to provide substantial information pertaining to the legalization of Marijuana.  It will give a Historical review of the transition of “legal Canna­bis” in the early 19thCentury  until the Control  Substance Act of 1970 when Cannabis became illegal and subjected to Federal Criminal penalties.

This presentation will also provide a concise description of the bio-physiological and neurological effects of Cannabis to the Human system and conclude with current Political, Economic, and Social pressures to legalize Cannabis.  The goal of this presentation is not to dictate individual choices pertaining to the legalization of Cannabis,  but to provide adequate information enabling an “educated decision”  when making the choice to “Legalize or Not to Legalize Marijuana”…


  • Explain the History of Marijuana’s Legalization in the early 19thCentury and its transition to being a Controlled Substance in 1970.
  • Compare the chemical differences between Marijuana (THC) and Hemp (CBD).
  • Describe the substance characteristics of Marijuana and Hemp that make them marketable and profitable.
  • Explain the commercial justifications for the Legalization of Marijuana.
  • Identify the commercial differences used in promoting Marijuana and CBD.
  • Recognize the influences of commercialism and profit in advocating for legalization.
  • Explain the Medical Use of Marijuana.
  • Illustrate the effects of Marijuana on the Human Brain, the Endocrine System, Bio-Physiological, Psychological and Hormonal effects.
  • Explain DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria and ICD-10 codes for Marijuana Use Disorder.
  • Discuss research information to make an Educated decision about Legalizing or Not Legalizing Marijuana.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 3
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1001
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
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YVONNE JOHNSON- GILBERT, attained her BA in Clinical Psychology with a secondary in Special Education under a full academic scholarship and continued for her Graduate degree attaining her MSW from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY with a major in Clinical Social Work and Secondary Specialization in Psychopharmacology and Addiction. Ms. Gilbert’s internships included CPS/DSS, Probation and Parole and Inpatient Psychiatric/Medical. Having come from a Professional Fine Arts background, she emerged her analytic understanding of psychology with the concepts of Art and attained Certification as a Clinical Art Psychotherapist (RATR) from the Amer Artist Therapist Assoc. in NYC and has taught many courses over the years to Mental Health and Educational Professionals.

While working in Mental Health she quickly became aware of the symbiotic relationship between mental disorders and substance misuse deciding to attain Certifications in Substance Abuse and now holds the CC-ATODSW, LCAS, CCS.

Yvonne Gilbert’s Professional Career spans almost thirty years, having worked Mental Health, inpatient and outpatient covering New York at Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Florida at Charter Hospital and out-patient Center as well as teaching courses at Edison Community College and North Carolina with Blue Ridge Mental Health and North Carolina Dept. of Corrections. She is currently in Private Practice in Waynesville, working DWI Assessments and Treatment and Assessments & Addictive Behavioral Alternatives, PLLC.

Because of her dedication and compassion for the field she has developed and published several articles and numerous professional training seminars for NASW, APNC, NAADAC, MAHEC among others on various topics and is currently writing a book on “Journey Into The Inner Psyche,” which is based upon her clinical work and case histories working with Clinical Art Psychotherapy.

Yvonne Gilbert is not only a seasoned professional but also a mother to adult children, grandmother, and great-grandmother which has given her “human insight” having worked through many of the issues other families struggle with and seek help with.

Yvonne Gilbert, loves gardening especially flowers and herbs, swimming, fishing, hiking, museums, art galleries, flea markets, photography, and painting, cooking, and entertaining friends.