MCC Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program

Medical Cannabis Practitioner Certification Program


The objective of the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program is to provide the education and clinical experience that will enable participants to assist patients who are using cannabis to treat a medical condition.  The Program will provide the information that is needed to begin providing services and products as a Practitioner.


Clinical training is the cornerstone of the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program.  The MCC established the Landmark Research Clinic to provide a clinical teaching environment that allows Participants to observe how Practitioner services are provided to patients.


The Program consists of five (5) Modules.  Each Module is four (4) hours.

Each Module offers both on-site and on-line instruction, on-site and on-line clinical training and work study assignments.

Participants have up to six (6) weeks to complete the five (5) Modules.

MODULE I — EVERY MONDAY 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (except Holidays)

Becoming a Medical Cannabis Practitioner

A.  Complementary and Integrative Health

B.  State Requirements for Medical Cannabis Practitioners

C.  Tele-Health for Practitioner Services

D.  City Licensing/Seller’s Permit

Work study assignments

MODULE II — EVERY TUESDAY 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (except Holidays)

SB 94 Regulations 

A. Overview of Senate Bill 94 Regulations

B.  The Practitioner under SB 94 Regulations

C.  Retailer License “Exemption” for Health Care Facility Licensees

D.  Medical Cannabis Practitioners and Health Care Facilities

Quiz on material presented

MODULE III — EVERY WEDNESDAY 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (except Holidays) 

Product Inventory and Sources

A.  CBD Isolate Products

B.  Full Spectrum Products

C.  Pharmaceutical Grade Products Manufactured under SB 94 Regulations

D.  Extraction Processes

E.  Cannabis Cultivators

MODULE IV — EVERY THURSDAY 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (except Holidays)

Patient Intake and Forms

A.  Physician’s Approval

B.  Forms for Patient Intake

C.  Patient Education

MODULE V — EVERY FRIDAY 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (except Holidays)

Cannabinoid Therapeutics

A.  The Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS)

B.  Cannabinoid Pharmacology

C.  Treatment Efficacy

D.  Indications and Practitioner Considerations

Quiz on material presented


Joe Grumbine has over 30 years experience in herbal extraction processes, product formulations and manufacturing.

Joe is widely recognized for his extensive knowledge and experience in the development and production of CBD and cannabis-based products that are sold under numerous white labels.

Joe Grumbine is the founder of Willow Creek Springs Herbal Products and The Human Solution.

Liz McDuffie has held the roles of Director and Instructor at MCC since 2006.  Liz currently teaches a Course on “Providing Cannabis Products under the SB 94 License Exemption for Health Care Facility Licensees” under the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Continuing Education Program for Licensing Re-certification.

Ms. McDuffie serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Health (NIH) Study of Cannabis Use Among Adults in Los Angeles County.


Federal restrictions, on what information a physician may provide to a patient regarding cannabis, combined with over 80 years of cannabis prohibition, has created the need for Practitioners who can provide information to patients regarding dosing, potency, ingestion methods and product formulations for specific medical conditions.

Practitioners and Health Care Facilities (HCF)

The MCC is approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to teach the SB 94 Regulations under the CDSS Continuing Education Program for the Re-Certification of Health Care Facility (HCF) Licensees.

The MCC Course explains the “Retailer License Exemption” that is granted to HCF Licensees under the SB 94 Regulations and introduces the MCC Practitioner Program as a resource in providing medicinal cannabis services and products in compliance with the SB 94 Regulations.

The MCC Practitioner Program provides a valuable resource for HCF Licensees who are interested in training their staff in providing medicinal cannabis services and products under the SB 94 Licensing Exemption.

MCC Practitioners also work as independent Contractors who manage the medical cannabis services and products provided by a HCF Licensee under the Retailer License Exemption.

Practitioners and Cannabis Retailers

Although licensed Retailers may provide cannabis for BOTH recreational and medicinal use, the majority have little or no informational services for patients who are using cannabis to treat a specific medical condition.  Experienced and knowledgeable Practitioners provide services that are needed by licensed Retailers.

Including Cannabis Services and Products with Current Health Care Services

Participants in the Medicinal Cannabis Practitioner Program include health care providers (e.g. chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and nurses) who are interested in including cannabis products with their current health care services.


The MCC issues a Medical Cannabis Practitioner Certification to Participants who have completed all five (5) Program Modules.




MCC provides a full refund to any Participant who requests a refund prior to starting Module II of the Program.


The Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program is open to individuals, who are interested in providing services as a Practitioner specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

To Register, please complete the Form below.  Applicants are contacted for an interview prior to starting the Program.

These videos show Joseph Bekkedal, a Medical Cannabis Practitioner, at the Huntington Hospital in 2017.  Joseph is demonstrating the dosing of a cannabis product and the application of a cannabis ointment on a patient recovering from knee surgery. The patient was approved by her primary care physician for the use of medical cannabis for pain management. The video shows nurses, who are responsible for the care of the patient, taking notes.