MCC Medical Cannabis Practitioner Program

Medical Cannabis Practitioner Training Program


The Medical Cannabis Caregivers ( is accepting Applications for the Medical Cannabis Practitioner Training Program.

In a clinical setting, MCC Practitioners learn how to provide medicinal cannabis consultation services and products for patients who have a physician’s approval for the use of cannabis as a complementary treatment option.

The MCC Practitioner Training Program enables any health care professional including acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses, massage therapists to include medicinal cannabis services and products among the services they provide.

MCC Practitioners have the option to provide services and products independently as licensed Complementary and Integrative Health Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

MCC Practitioners are needed to assist Licensees of health care facilities that elect to provide medicinal cannabis services and products for their Clients under the Senate Bill 94 “Retailer Licensing Exemption”.    

Program Duration

The MCC Practitioner Program consists of sixty (60) hours of clinical training under the direction of Liz McDuffie, Director of the Medical Cannabis Caregivers.

Participants attend twenty (20) training sessions. Each training session is three (3) hours. Training sessions are offered Monday through Friday. The 20 training sessions may be completed in 2 weeks (6 hours daily) or part time in 4 weeks (3 hours daily).


The MCC issues a Certificate certifying that the Participant has successfully completed sixty (60) hours of clinical training related to providing medicinal cannabis services and products under SB 94 Regulations for the medicinal use of cannabis.

Practitioner Training  

I.  Overview of the Regulatory Framework for Senate Bill 94 Regulations related to the medicinal use of cannabis

II. Orientation on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis including Formulas for Specific Medical Conditions, Ingestion Methods, Dosage, Risks and Side Effects, Safe Use and State Regulatory Information

III.  Medicinal Cannabis under Complementary and Integrative Health Services

IV.  Patient Intake and Forms including, Practitioner Disclaimer, HIPAA Information, Risks and Side Effects and Patient Intake Questionnaire

V.  Medicinal Cannabis Product Inventory and Sources including a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade cannabis products including capsules, salves, pain patches, edibles, sublingual sprays, suppositories, vapor pens, including 100% CBD Products

V.  Clinical Training in providing information and resources to patients

VI.  Tele-Medicine and Tele-Health Platforms for obtaining a physician’s approval and providing Practitioner services

VIII.  Patient Data Collection using Survey Monkey Software to collect patient data on the product efficacy

IX.  Work study and reading assignments on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis


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 also the Founder of Landmark Research Collective in Pasadena, California. The Collective is California’s first clinical teaching dispensary for Complementary and Alternative (CAM) Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

In 2018 the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) approved Ms. McDuffie’s Class on Senate Bill 94 “Retailer Licensing Exemption” for Licensees of Health Care Facilities.   The Class is offered under the 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.  Ms. McDuffie additionally serves as a Software Producer for HIPAA Compliant electronic Medical Record Platforms for physicians and dispensary operators.




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

Training Location


52 North Mentor Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91106


Street Parking and Parking Structure directly across the street

To Apply

Please complete the Application Form below.  Application are reviewed by the Director and Applicants are scheduled 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.