Massachusetts Medical Society: Module 7 - The History Of Medical Cannabis

Module 7 - The History Of Medical Cannabis

Module 7 - The History of Medical Cannabis

Created by Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD and Stephen B. Corn, MD

Editors' Note: Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, and social issues to best respond to their patients' questions and attend to their needs. This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area.

This online course chronicles the use of medicinal cannabis during ancient civilizations through present day. Multiple major milestones of the medical cannabis timeline will be described in detail.

Learning Objectives

After reading this material, a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of medical cannabis 
  • Explain the uses of medical cannabis in ancient civilizations
  • Describe the publications that triggered the widespread use of medicinal cannabis in Europe and North America in the mid-1800s
  • List the reasons why the use of medicinal cannabis declined in the early 20th century
  • Discuss the significant scientific research on cannabis that occurred in the second half of the 20th century
  • Describe why cannabis research in the United States stopped in 1971 
  • Explain who Robert Randall is
  • State when medical cannabis was first legalized in the U.S. 
  • Name the first U.S. state to legalize medical cannabis 
  • Assess the Rohrabacher - Farr Amendment 
  • Discuss the CARERS Act


Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD 

Stephen B. Corn, MD 
Founding Editor-in-Chief, 

Alan Ehrlich, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (UMMS)

Mark Edmund Rose BS, MA,  
Licensed Psychologist

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $24.00
Non-MMS Member: $44.00
Allied Health Professionals: $19.20


Text & Graphics

CME Credit

2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and
policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint
providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and The Answer Page, Inc. The 
Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for 

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certifiaction of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  

Physician Assistants may claim 2.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Continuing Education Credit for Pharmacists
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy in Massachusetts, (BOARD), accepts three continuing education types:  ACPE,  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , and continuing education activities approved by any State Board of Pharmacy.  Click  here  for a list of all state Boards of Pharmacy.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term

Original Release Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: June 15, 2020

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses. 

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.



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