Overview: Medical Cannabis Caregivers
The MCC is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 for the purpose of providing education and resources that support the advancement of healthcare services provided to patients who have a physician’s approval for the use of cannabis.
The MCC is located at 52 North Mentor Avenue in Pasadena. Over 3,000 participants including physicians, patients, attorneys, dispensary 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 SB 420: California’s Medical Marijuana Program under the CDSS Continuing Education Program for Licensees and Administrators of Adult Residential Care Facilities.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Cannabis 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.
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.
Medical 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 Research Collective (Dispensary)
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 Organic Certification Program
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 for Physician Approval of Patients Use of Cannabis
The MCC has developed HIPAA compliant medical record software for physicians who approve of a patient’s use of cannabis.
HIPAA Compliant Software that Supports the Collection of Patient Data
The MCC also developed a HIPAA compliant software that enables the Dispensary Operator or Practitioner 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.
Medical Cannabis 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.
MCC Patient 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.
MCC Tele-Medicine Platform for Physicians
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 Tele-Health Platform for Practitioners
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.