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Law and Ethics of California's New Marijuana Laws

  • Evo Health and Wellness 340 Sunset Ave Venice, CA 90291 (map)

On January 1, 2018 California’s new marijuana laws went into effect. While this is a great step forward for those who benefit from cannabis for medical or recreational use, it also poses new questions for therapists.

Cannabis products currently on the market are more potent than ever, with THC averaging 1-3% in cannabis products in 1975 to THC now averaging 20-30% in buds and up to 90% in concentrates today. Side effects can also be more extreme, some people even experiencing substance-induced psychosis.

How can therapists work with clients who struggle with marijuana addiction in this new landscape? This workshop will explore legal and ethical implications for therapists and offer some concrete tools to support clients dealing with problematic substance use.

Attendees are welcome to bring lunch, discuss additional questions, and join in free case consultation with Koorosh after the workshop. Lunch and case consultation will take place from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate changes in the California cannabis laws and meaning for therapists.

  2. Know the ethical and clinical implications of cannabis legalization on substance abuse and addiction treatment. 

  3. Understand alternative, client-driven addiction treatment methods, rooted in a social justice analysis and humanistic/post-modern therapeutic approaches.

3.0 Law & Ethics CEUs
Offered by Educational Narratives. CAMFT approved CEU provider #139251


8:45 AM - Arrive and get settled
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - Workshop
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Workshop
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM - Optional free case consultation

Presenter - Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT


Koorosh knows addiction because he’s lived it. He also has extensive experience as a therapist, with a focus in both addiction treatment and mindfulness.

At the Matrix Institute on Addictions, Koorosh specialized in working with young adults dealing with drugs, alcohol, and addiction issues. As Director of Mindfulness at Alternatives Behavioral Health, he helped develop a program to support clients to successfully adopt their desired lifestyle, whether abstinence or moderation. Koorosh holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from USC.

Koorosh has a love for biking, surfing, meditation, and yoga. He has a four-year-old son who also keeps him in shape.

Special Guest - Robert Chala, Ph.D. Candidate, USC


Robert Chlala is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California, conducting research on equity in cannabis for more than 5 years. In his research, he has conducted more than 100 interviews with workers, prospective owners and policymakers in the field, and attended hundreds of hours of public hearings, community meetings and observation in work sites. His published research with the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) looks at workforce development/business creation for communities of color, building regional and state movements for equity, and leadership development for progressive policymakers. He has also presented his work at academic conferences, including the American Association of Geographers, American Anthropological Association, and Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Evo Health and Wellness - 340 Sunset Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291