Medical Marijuana: Health Center Compliance Amidst State Law Changes

November 1, 2022

Medical cannabis is legal in nearly 40 states, and voters in a handful of states will decide whether to legalize commercial sales of adult-use marijuana in the upcoming November midterm elections.   Despite this sea change at the state level, health centers are still bound by the federal law prohibition on marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.  This means that, regardless of what may be permissible under state law, Section 330 grantees and look-alikes cannot distribute or prescribe medical marijuana to patients.  Health centers also must undertake a risk assessment when determining whether physicians can sign medical marijuana verification forms, certify the existence of a medical condition that would permit a patient to obtain medical marijuana, or even speak freely to their patients about medical marijuana. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the federal Controlled Substances Act and how it deviates from state laws that legalize medical marijuana at the state level. The webinar will also cover where the line is drawn from an enforcement perspective: will courts consider actions such as verification or certification akin to aiding and abetting? Finally, the webinar will offer some potential solutions whereby physicians can “recommend” medical marijuana under free speech protections between a doctor and patient. 

The presenters also will provide examples of recent state law changes and upcoming ballot initiatives that may cause patients to question health centers about their ability to prescribe medial marijuana. 

The On-Demand version of this webinar will be available for purchase one week after the conclusion of the live webinar. 

Target Audience

  • Health center directors
  • Health center compliance officers / risk managers
  • Grants managers
  • Operations staff
  • Administrative / office staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the current legal landscape relating to new state laws legalizing medical marijuana in contrast to the federal Controlled Substances Act
  • Identify the risk factors associated with health center physicians verifying or certifying medical marijuana patient forms
  • Develop and/or revise your health center’s policies and procedures to comply with accepted federal enforcement priorities and to incorporate best practices 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
11/01/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
11/01/2022 - 2:00pm EDT


A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]


Serving as Counsel in the firm’s Health Care, Education, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Mindy focuses her practice on advising health centers as they navigate all facets of judicial review. A seasoned litigator, Ms. Pava is well-versed in guiding clients through complex litigation matters in federal and state courts.  She also represents organizations in health care and other industries in responding to civil investigative demands and federal subpoenas. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 3 of the 5 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within seven (7) business days.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Health center directors, Health center compliance officers / risk managers, Grants managers, Operations staff, Administrative / office staff
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website (formerly

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.


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