Medical & Recreational Marijuana
Webster’s dictionary defines “medical” as “of, relating to, or concerned with physicians or the practice of medicine” and/or “requiring or devoted to medical treatment.” Where does marijuana fit into that definition? Recreational marijuana utilization continues and grows, especially with more states legalizing it. Regardless of utility classification and types of marijuana, healthcare providers need to understand what is out there and its prevalence in society. This presentation
will review medical/recreational marijuana and usage, along with potential clinical and research concerns.
PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE
Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE is a Clinical Pain Management Pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management, a faculty member in the WVU School of Medicine Pain Fellowship Program, and a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy (SoP). Dr. Garofoli received his PharmD at the University of Pittsburgh SoP in 2004 and his MBA from Strayer University in 2008. He is board certified in Geriatric Care (BGCP) along with being a certified pain educator (CPE) and certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS). Dr. Garofoli began his career with CVS Health in community pharmacy management, then worked as a Humana Healthcare MTM clinical pharmacist, leading to the development of patient-centered and managed care centered programs and the Safe & Effective Management of Pain West Virginia guidelines. Mark has consulted as a CDC grant reviewer, a professional journals reviewer, a civil and criminal expert witness, and is the host of the “PAIN POD” on the Pharmacy Podcast Network with an international audience of 80,000 healthcare professionals. Mark’s professional passions lie within pain management and addiction patient care and education for healthcare professionals and society alike, in essence, trying to make a difference.