Medical Cannabis Practitioner
The Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program teaches individuals how to provide professional healthcare services and products as Complementary and Integrative Health Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.
Liz McDuffie, Program Director, and MCC Instructors, work one-on-one with each participant as the participant’s schedule permits.
The Practitioner Program begins with the regulatory framework for California’s the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).
The Program assists Participants in establishing a corporation for the purpose of distributing cannabis under the MMP.
Participants learn the MCC Standards and Procedures for the compliant distribution of cannabis by observing and participating in the operation of a medical cannabis dispensary.
The Practitioner Program provides hands-on experience working with patients and documenting the patient’s reports on the efficacy of the cannabis product(s).
The Landmark Research Collective, located at 52 North Mentor Ave in Pasadena, was established by the MCC to provide a clinical teaching environment for the Practitioner Program.
The Practitioner Program provides a state of the art Tele-Medicine platform that supports and expands the services provided by Practitioners.
MCC Practitioners are incorporated under California Secretary of State for the purpose of distributing cannabis exclusively to qualified patients under the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program.
The MCC Practitioner Internship introduces Practitioners to a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade cannabis products including capsules, ointments, suppositories, oral sprays and inhalers.
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 the product enables the Practitioner to become more effective in assisting patients with the selection of a product to treat a specific medical condition.
The majority of patients in the MMP have little or no knowledge regarding the medicinal use of cannabis.
There is very little information, resources or support services available to patients who are using cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Program.
Federal law strictly limits what information a physician may provide to a patient regarding cannabis. Generally, patients do not have access to the information they need regarding the medicinal use of cannabis.
Knowledgeable and experienced practitioners are an invaluable resource for patients who are using cannabis to treat a specific medical condition.
THE KEY MARKET
The greatest need for Medical Cannabis Practitioner services is among patients who reside in residential care facilities including hospice, assisted living, adult residential care, elderly care and physical 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. Title 22 Regulations for residential care facilities support 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.
INCORPORATING PRACTITIONER SERVICES INTO AN EXISTING BUSINESS
Individuals who already operate a healthcare related business, e.g. chiropractors, massage therapists, yoga instructors, are able to provide medical cannabis products to clients/patients/customers who have a physician’s approval for the use of cannabis.
I. Regulatory Framework for California’s Medical Marijuana Program and the role of the Department of Public Health (DPH)
The Practitioner Program begins with the regulatory framework for the current SB 420: California’s Medical Marijuana Program and the newly enacted SB 94: Cannabis: medicinal and adult use.
II. Incorporation for Cannabis Distribution under the MMP
The Practitioner Program assists participants in incorporating for the purpose of distributing cannabis under the Medical Marijuana Program.
Participants are instructed on the set up of the corporation’s administrative records and state/federal corporate compliance requirements.
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 Medical Cannabis 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 under the MMP.
Participants receive a copy of the MCC Manual on “Operating Standards and Procedures for the Distribution of Cannabis under the California’s Medical Marijuana Program”.
IV. Cannabis as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
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 the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Integrative Health Practitioners may obtain a City business license to provide consulting services.
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
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.
Practitioner Program participants schedule part-time clinical training in the Landmark Medical Cannabis Dispensary. Participants work directly with a Practitioner. Participants are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of clinical training.
Participants are trained in the use of Tele-Medicine to obtain an ON-LINE physician’s approval for the patient’s use of cannabis.
Patients, who have not had access to the Medical Marijuana Program because they were unable to travel, are now able to obtain the required physician’s approval on-line.
Participants are trained in the use of Tele-Health to provide ON-LINE consulting services to patients. The Tele-Health platform enables Practitioners to provide services to a greater number of patients who are non-ambulatory.
IX. Cannabis Products
The Practitioner Program introduces participants to pharmaceutical grade products that includes tinctures, ointments, oral sprays, capsules, suppositories, and pain patches.
The Program provides resources that include cannabis cultivators, extraction specialists, product formulators and manufacturers.
X. Patient Data Collection
The collection of patient data is the cornerstone of the 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. Marketing Tools for Medical Cannabis Practitioner Services
To assist in marketing Practitioner services, the Program provides, a boilerplate Website for Practitioner Services and a Brochure introducing Medical Cannabis Practitioner Services.
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.
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
visit the MCCDirectory.org Website. See Practitioner Program Banner at top of Homepage.
Click the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program “LEARN MORE” link. The Application Form is located at the bottom of the Practitioner Program description.
The Practitioner Program Committee reviews the applications and notifies candidates who are selected for an interview.
Liz McDuffie, Director
Medical Cannabis Caregivers (MCC)
52 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Education and Clinical Training
The MCC provides education and clinical training for individuals who are interested in providing healthcare services and products for qualified patients under the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program.
The MCC established the Landmark Research Collective (Dispensary) to serve as a clinical teaching Collective for the Practitioner Program.
Licensed and Insured
MCC Practitioners are licensed as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.
Practitioners have business liability insurance and provide services in full compliance with California State requirements for CAM health care Practitioners.
MCC Practitioners are incorporated under California Secretary of State for the purpose of distributing medicinal cannabis products exclusively to qualified patients under the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program.