MCC MEDICAL CANNABIS PRACTITIONER PROGRAM

Following is a description of the MCC Practitioner Program.

The Program is designed to educate and train individuals who are interested in providing services and products as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

MCC Practitioners work with Licensees of health care facilities to bring medicinal cannabis services and products to patients.

Many Applicants for the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program are already providing medical services as licensed health care professionals (e.g  Acupuncturists, Massage therapists, Chiropractors).  The Practitioner Program has enabled them to to include medicinal cannabis services and products among their services.

Some Practitioners obtained a City Business License as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioner.   These Practitioners provide consulting services in the medicinal use of cannabis.

The Program is open to all Applicants, priority is given to individuals who have education/experience in the health care industry.

MCC Practitioner Program:  DESCRIPTION

LANDMARK Dispensary was established by the MCC in 2012 to provide a clinical teaching environment for the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program. 

I.  APPPLICATION

Participants are required to complete an Application (See Application at the end of the Program Description)

Applications are reviewed by the Program Director.  Priority is given to Applicants who have experience in the health care industry.

II.  INTERVIEW

Applicants selected for the Training Program are scheduled for an Interview. The Interview is used to explain the Program and answers questions the Participant may have.

III. PROGRAM DURATION

The Program takes approximately four (4) weeks to complete.  With the exception of the Work Study Assignments, all training is completed on-site at the Landmark Dispensary located at 52 North Mentor Avenue in Pasadena.

Participants are trained by an experienced Practitioner for a minimum of 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday, for a total of sixty (60) hours of Practitioner training.

IV.  REFUND

Participants have up to seven (7) calendar days, after the Program starting date, to obtain a full refund if not satisfied with the Program.

V.  CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

The Medical Cannabis Caregivers provides a Certificate of Completion of the MCC Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program for Participants who successfully complete the Program requirements.

VI.  REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Copy of online Application
  2. Copy of ID
  3. Physician’s Approval for the use of cannabis

VII. ON-SITE TRAINING PROGRAM CLASSES

1.  Regulatory Framework for SB 94 Regulations for the medicinal use of cannabis                                                                  2.  Patient Orientation of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis

VIII. INTRO TO COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CAM)(recently renamed National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)

  1. Cannabis as a Complementary Medicine (See NIH CAM Brochure)
  2. Classes Offered on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  3. CAM Practitioner Disclaimer Form
  4. Licensing as CAM Practitioner specializing in cannabis therapeutics

IX.  WORK STUDY ASSIGNMENTS

  1.  Assignment:  Medical Marijuana Handbook
  2. Assignment:  National Institute of Health Brochure on CAM
  3. Assignment:  Medical Marijuana and Other Cannabinoids
  4. Assignment: __________________________________
  5. Assignment: __________________________________

X.  PATIENT FORMS

  1. Practitioner Disclaimer
  2. HIPAA Information
  3. Risks and Side Effects
  4. Intake Questionnaire
  5. State Regulatory Information

XII.  CLINICAL TRAINING

Participants are scheduled for Clinical Training in the LANDMARK Dispensary. Practitioners work with an experience Practitioner in providing information and resources to patients including but not limited to:

  1. Patient Registration Procedures
  2. Risks and Side Effects
  3. Medicinal Formulas for Specific Medical Conditions
  4. Ingestion Methods
  5. Dosage
  6. Safe Use
  7. State Regulatory Information

 XIII.  TELE-MEDICINE AND TELE-HEALTH

Practitioners are taught how to use the MCC HIPAA Compliant Tele-Medicine Platform to assist patients in obtaining the required physician’s approval for the use of cannabis.

Practitioners also use the Tele-Medicine Platform as a Tele-Health Platform that enables Practitioners to provide services to Patients who are homebound, in residential care facilities, or otherwise unable to travel.

XIV. PRODUCT INVENTORY

Participants are introduced to a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade cannabis formulations and products including capsules, salves, pain patches, edibles, sublingual sprays, suppositories, vapor pens, including 100% CBD Products.

XV.  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 like seizure, migraine, or glaucoma.

The MCC uses Survey Monkey Software and VerifyMC for the collection of Patient Data.

XVI.  PARTICIPANT PROGRAM EVALUATION

Participants are asked to complete the “MCC Participant Evaluation Form” for the MCC Practitioner Training Program

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Liz McDuffie

Liz McDuffie has held the roles of Director and Instructor at MCC since 2006.  As the Director, Ms. McDuffie is responsible for the development of the MCC educational program. Ms. McDuffie is the Founder of Landmark Research Collective in Pasadena, California. The Collective serves as a clinical teaching dispensary for Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

Ms. McDuffie serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Health (NIH) Study of Cannabis Use Among Adults in Los Angeles County.  Ms. McDuffie additionally serves as a Software Producer for HIPAA Compliant Tele-Medicine and Tele-Health Platforms for physicians and practitioners.

COST:    $1500

PROGRAM LOCATION:

MEDICAL CANNABIS CAREGIVERS

52 North Mentor Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91106

PARKING:

(Parking Structure directly across the street)

TO APPLY FOR THE MEDICAL CANNABIS PRACTITIONER PROGRAM:

Complete and submit the  APPLICATION Form shown below.

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.