Medical Cannabis Practitioner
Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCC) Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program
The Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCCDirectory.org) trains individuals to provide healthcare services and products as Medical Cannabis Practitioners under California’s Medical Marijuana Program.
About the MCC
The MCC is a nonprofit organization established in 2006 to advance healthcare services provided under the California Medical Marijuana Program.
The MCC gained state recognition in 2012 as a California Department of Social Services (CDSS) approved Vendor to teach California’s Medical Marijuana Program under the CDSS Continuing Education Program for licensees and administrators of residential care facilities.
The Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program is under the direction of Liz McDuffie, founder of the Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCCDirectory.org).
The Need for Medical Cannabis Practitioners
There is an urgent need for knowledgeable and experienced practitioners to assist patients who have little or no knowledge regarding the medicinal use of cannabis.
Although both federal and state law upholds a physician’s right to approve or recommend a patient’s use of cannabis, federal law strictly prohibits a physician from prescribing cannabis, providing information where it may be obtained or discussing dosage.
Most medical cannabis dispensaries offer little or no information or support services for patients who are new to the medicinal use of cannabis.
The MCC Practitioners are trained to provide the information and support services qualified patients need for the effective use of cannabis to treat a specific medical condition, e.g. glaucoma, seizures and chronic pain.
The Practitioner Program Overview
The objective of the MCC Practitioner Program is to train individuals to provide professional healthcare services as Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.
Liz McDuffie, Program Director, works one-on-one with each participant AS THE PARTICIPANT’S SCHEDULE PERMITS. The majority of Program participants are employed and completing the Program on a part-time basis.
The MCC continues to serve as an on-going resource to Practitioners who complete the MCC Practitioner Program curriculum.
Overview of MCC Practitioner Program
I. Regulatory Framework for California’s Medical Marijuana Program and the role of the Department of Public Health (DPH)
The Practitioner Program starts with a one-on-one Class with Liz McDuffie on the regulatory framework for the current SB 420: California’s Medical Marijuana Program and the newly enacted SB 94: Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
II. Incorporation for Cannabis Distribution under the MMP
The Program assists participants in the filing of their own non-profit mutual benefit corporation for the purpose of distributing cannabis under the MMP. Participants are instructed on the set up of the corporation’s administrative records.
III. Operating Standards and Procedures for the Distribution of Cannabis under the MMP
LANDMARK Medical Cannabis Dispensary, located at 52 N. Mentor Ave in Pasadena, was established by the MCC to provide a clinical teaching environment for the MCC Practitioner Program.
Landmark provides the opportunity for Practitioners to observe Practitioner services and the operating standards and procedures that support regulatory compliance for the distribution of cannabis products from a storefront or delivery operation.
Participants receive a copy of the MCC Manual on “Operating Standards and Procedures for the Distribution of Cannabis under the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act”.
IV. City Business License as an Integrative Health Practitioner
Practitioners are able to obtain a City business license to provide consulting services as an Integrative Health Practitioner.
Practitioners, who specialize in cannabis therapeutics, provide consultation and products that fit squarely under the medical practices and products known as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM includes herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, to name a few. The National Center for CAM has been renamed to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Participants are given work-study assignments that focus on evidence-based information related to the use of cannabis for the treatment of medical conditions.
VI. Clinical Training/Internship
Participants have a minimum of 20-hours of clinical training in the Landmark Medical Cannabis Dispensary.
The most valuable knowledge is gained through the Practitioner’s hands-on experience working with patients and documenting the patient’s report on the efficacy of the product.
Participants are trained in the use of Tele-Medicine to obtain an ON-LINE physician’s approval for the patient’s use of cannabis.
The use of Tele-Medicine, to obtain the physician’s ON-LINE approval of the patient’s use of cannabis, has opened the door to thousands of non-ambulatory patients who are homebound, in hospice, residential care or assisted living. These patients have not had access to the Medical Marijuana Program because they were unable to travel to obtain the required physician’s approval.
Participants are trained in the use of Tele-Health to provide ON-LINE consulting services to patients. Tele-Health is an amazing platform for Practitioner services for non-ambulatory patients.
IX. Cannabis Products
The Practitioner Program introduces participants to products and resources that includes Clean Green Certified cannabis cultivators, extraction specialists, product formulators and manufacturers of pharmaceutical grade products including tinctures, ointments, salves, oral sprays, capsules, suppositories, pain patches, and much more.
X. Patient Data Collection
The collection of patient data is the cornerstone of the MCC Practitioner Program. Documenting the patient’s report on the efficacy of a product enables the Practitioner to become more effective in assisting patients with the selection of a product to treat a specific medical condition.
XI. The Market for Medical Cannabis Practitioner Services
The greatest need for Medical Cannabis Practitioner services is among patients who reside in residential care facilities including hospice, assisted living, residential care and physician rehabilitation facilities.
The majority of these patients represent the “seriously ill” for whom the Medical Marijuana Program was intended.
The majority of these patients are non-ambulatory and unable to access medical cannabis dispensaries or physicians who provide patient approvals for the use of cannabis. The Title 22 Regulations for residential care facilities supports the patient’s participation in the MMP.
With the Medical Board’s acceptance of Tele-Medicine for a patient’s approval for the use of cannabis, Practitioners are now able to assist non-ambulatory patients in obtaining the required physician’s approval ON-LINE.
Bringing Practitioner Services into the Practitioner’s Existing Business
Not all Practitioners bring their services to residential care facilities. A Practitioner may open his/her own office as a consultant specializing in cannabis therapeutics.
Practitioners who already operate a business with an existing customer/client base, e.g. chiropractors, massage therapists, yoga instructors, are able to offer consulting services and products to those customers/clients who have a physician’s approval for the use of cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Program.
To assist in marketing Practitioner services, the Program provides, a Boilerplate Website for Practitioners and a Brochure introducing Medical Cannabis Practitioner Services.
Application for MCC Practitioner Program
The MCC Practitioner Program is open to any individual who is interested in providing healthcare services and products to qualified patients under the Medical Marijuana Program.
Priority is given to Applicants who have education and/or experience in the healthcare industry.
To Apply for the MCC Practitioner Program, please visit the MCCDirectory.org Website.
Click on MCC Practitioner Program and complete the Application Form shown at the bottom of the page. The Practitioner Program Committee reviews the applications and notifies candidates who are selected for an interview.
Cost of MCC Practitioner Program
The cost of the MCC Practitioner Program is $5000, payable in full prior to the participant’s starting date.
Program Participants have fourteen (14) calendar days, from the starting date, to withdraw from the Program and receive a full Refund.
MCC reserves the right to make a full Refund within fourteen (14) calendar days, from the participant’s starting date, if for any reason the Program Director determines that the participant is not a candidate for the Program.
For Assistance Contact:
Liz McDuffie, Director
Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCC)
52 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106