MCC Director 

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.  The Collective is California’s first clinical teaching dispensary for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioners specializing in cannabis therapeutics.

In 2018 the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) approved Ms. McDuffie’s Course on California’s Medicinal and Adult Use of Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act.  The Course is offered under the CDSS Continuing Education Program for the Re-certification of Health Care Facility (HCF) licensees and administrators.  The Course focuses on the “retail licensing exemption” granted to HCF licensees who elect to provide cannabinoid-based medicines for Clients who have a physician’s approval.   

Ms. McDuffie serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Study of Cannabis Use Among Adults in Los Angeles County.  Ms. McDuffie additionally produces a HIPAA Compliant Software used by physicians for the approval of a patient’s medicinal use of cannabis.

Prior to her work in the medical cannabis industry, Ms. McDuffie enjoyed a successful career as a development officer, educator and entrepreneur.  Ms. McDuffie established and operated two Pasadena businesses:  Ritz Resale, a women’s consignment clothing store and McDuffie’s Moving & Storage, a commercial moving and storage company. Prior to her entrepreneurial career, Ms. McDuffie served as Development Officer for Scripps College, as the Director of Donor Prospect Research at the University of Southern California, as a Program Development Specialist for Pasadena City College, as an Instructor at the US Army Education Center in Germany, and as a teacher at the Pasadena Unified School District.

Ms. McDuffie has completed Postgraduate studies at the University of Southern California School of Public Administration and holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  Ms. McDuffie holds a Certificate in Complementary an Alternative Medicine (CAM) from Pasadena City College and has completed Medical Cannabis Training at Malaspina College in Duncan, British Colombia, and has conducted an on-site study of the B.C. Compassionate Use Clubs under Health Canada’s Medical Marijuana Access Program.

Board of Directors

Liz McDuffie, President                                                        

Joseph Bekkedal, Vice President, Integrative Health Practitioner             

Milton Chow, Secretary/Treasurer, Financial Advisor

Charles Hohman, Business and Management Consultant                                         

Yaniv Kotler, Development Officer                                                                 

Adam Caton, Research and Development                                                           

DJ Short, Cannabis Breeder, Author, Lecturer                                                     

Joe Grumbine,  Product Development                                                           

Kent Crowley, PharmD Research and Development                         

Rolando Tringale, MD, Surgeon                                                                             


Joel Grisham, MD, Pain Management