About the Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCC)

Liz McDuffie, Director

The MCC is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by Liz McDuffie for the purpose of providing education and resources that support the advancement of healthcare services provided under the California Medical Marijuana Program.

The MCC is located at 52 North Mentor Avenue in Pasadena. Over 3,000 participants including physicians, patients, attorneys, collective operators, cultivators, law enforcement officers and municipal officials have attended classes and workshops provided by the MCC.

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Approval 

In 2012 the MCC was approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to teach California’s Medical Marijuana Program under the CDSS Continuing Education Program for adult residential facility licensees and administrators.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Study

The MCC is represented on the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Health, 5-year, longitudinal study on the Use of Cannabis Among Young Adults in Los Angeles County.

 Physician Orientation

The MCC Physician Orientation is an on-line class for physicians who approve a patient’s use of cannabis.

The Orientation focuses on compliance under federal law and Medical Board guidelines, including liability issues related to the approval of a patient’s use of cannabis.

Practitioner Program

The MCC Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program trains individuals to provide professional patient healthcare information and support services as Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

Landmark Collective

The Landmark Research Collective was established in 2012 to serve as a clinical teaching collective for the MCC Medical Cannabis Practitioner training Program.

 Clean Green

Working with Chris Van Hook, a USDA Organic Certifier, MCC began promoting the USDA Organic Program for cannabis cultivators under the Medical Marijuana Program.

The exclusion of cannabis cultivators from participation in the USDA Program, prompted Van Hook to establish the Clean Green Program modeled after the USDA Organic Program. The MCC continues to actively promote the Clean Green Program for cannabis cultivators.

HIPAA Compliant Software 

The MCC has developed HIPAA compliant medical record software for physicians who approve of a patient’s use of cannabis.

The MCC also developed a HIPAA Compliant software for Collective Operators that enables the Operator to track the products obtained by the patient and record patient data regarding the efficacy of the product.

DJ Short Genetics 

In association with DJ Short, the MCC initiated the Blueberry Project for the purpose of  identifying the  genome, of an optimum phenotype of the cannabis strain known as Blueberry, and standardizing the key genetic markers in a pharmaceutical grade product.

Information and Resource Center 

Although many cities have an Ordinance prohibiting the distribution of cannabis, the City cannot deny the licensing of a Medical Cannabis “Information and Resource” Center.

The Information and Resource Center includes a cannabis bookstore, cultivation classes, a physician’s office for medical cannabis approvals, and patient information services regarding the medicinal use of cannabis/CBD and the Department of Public Health ID Card Program for Patients and Primary Caregivers under the MMP.

The Center can be used to effectively generate community support for the licensing of a Medical Cannabis dispensary.

Cultivation Workshop

 Under SB 420 and SB 94, a qualified patient under the MMP is permitted to cultivate up to 6 plants.   However, there is no insurance for fire or damages resulting from the cultivation of cannabis within a residence.

The MCC established the Cultivation Workshop to serve as a model for a secure and insured location for qualified patients to cultivate 6-plants. The Workshop is managed by a cultivation instructor.  Workshop participants pay a monthly fee.


Tele-Medicine has enabled MCC Practitioners to assist patients who are non-ambulatory in obtaining the required physician’s approval for the use of cannabis.

MCC Practitioners are trained in the use of a HIPAA Compliant Tele-Health Platform to provide ON-LINE information regarding the medicinal use of cannabis for patients who are non-ambulatory.


THE MCC CONSULTING GROUP                                                                                    

Liz McDuffie & Associates                                                                                                  

52 N. Mentor Ave.                                                                                                      

Pasadena, CA 91106    (626-744-3191)


•  Starting and Operating a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

•  Opening a Medical Cannabis Information & Resource Center

•  Starting and Operating an MCC Cultivation Workshop

•  Product Development Resources from extraction to formulation

•  The Cannabis Cooperative under SB 94

•  Securing Local Jurisdiction Licensing for Manufacturing or Cultivation


CLICK ON THE CLASS LINK below for Description, Schedule and Registration

MCC 126: Learn How to Cultivate 6 Cannabis Plants Indoors with Yield up to 1 and a 1/2 pounds every 10 to 12 weeks  (Live Plants, Hands-on Instruction)

MCC 127: CULTIVATING Exceptional Cannabis with DJ SHORT

MCC 124: PHYSICIAN Orientation: Approving a Patient’s Use of Cannabis

MCC 121: SB 94 CANNABIS:  Medicinal and Adult-Use

MCC 222: OPERATING Standards and Procedures for Medicinal Cannabis Storefront or Delivery Service  

Medical Cannabis PRACTITIONER Program