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It’s Just Marijuana!: The Effects of Marijuana and other Drugs, Legal and Illegal on Oklahoma Children

September 14, 2021

9 am-12 pm Central Time | On ZOOM


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This presentation will outline the medical marijuana law in Oklahoma including legalization established by State Question 788 and subsequent regulation implemented by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act (Unity Bill). The impact of marijuana exposure on children based on literature and our own experience at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital will be presented, including prenatal exposure, accidental intoxication, and use of medical marijuana given to children. The impact of other drugs and alcohol including symptoms of intoxication, the effect of prenatal exposure, and child maltreatment consequences will be discussed.


Mary Ellen Stockett, MD

Mary Ellen Stockett, MD, a Child Abuse Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Stockett is board-certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and providing clinical services to maltreated children in Florida and Oklahoma. Dr. Stockett has been the Chief Child Abuse Examiner for the State of Oklahoma since April 2021. She is a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Training Program that educates law, psychology, social work, and medical students about child maltreatment. She is also involved in multidisciplinary training of individuals involved in child maltreatment assessment throughout the state of Oklahoma. Her duties at OUHSC include training medical students and residents regarding child maltreatment as well as evaluation of suspected child victims of maltreatment. These evaluations are conducted using a multidisciplinary approach with participation in the Children’s Hospital Child Protection Committee. She teaches community medical providers to complete medical evaluations of child victims of maltreatment. This training enables medical providers to have the special expertise needed to perform maltreatment evaluations that are coordinated with multidisciplinary teams in their areas.


Price – $15

CEUs available for social work – $30 for 3 credit hours


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General professional audience

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