Managing CME about Medical Marijuana: Rules, Risks, and Strategies

ACCME Report (05/31/18) Jovic, Megan Peters

Clinicians are increasingly seeking information about the efficacy and potential use of medical marijuana. Accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers can give clinicians the accurate information they need to deliver safe and effective care and to answer their patients' questions. It is essential for recommendations to be based on science, evidence, and data rather than legislation or advocacy. "It is important and appropriate to help clinicians learn about issues such as medical marijuana—but it's not allowable to train clinicians how to recommend therapies and treatments unless they are accepted by the medical profession and are based on scientifically valid evidence," notes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Factors to consider when planning to construct CME activities about controversial topics include reviewing the relevant rules; ensuring independence from commercial interests; ensuring balance in the information and perspective provided; and making no exceptions for content validity. ACCME stresses, "All the activities offered by accredited providers must comply with the CME Clinical Content Validation Policy."

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