PLEASE NOTE:  The Medical Cannabis Caregivers Practitioner Program is based on California SB 94 Regulations for the medicinal use of cannabis.


The Medical Cannabis Caregivers Practitioner Program teaches participants how to consult patients on the use of cannabinoid-based medicines to treat a medical condition.   The Program explains the services and products a Practitioner is authorized to provide under the SB 94 Regulations.  


Federal restrictions on the information a physician may provide to a patient, regarding the medicinal use of cannabis, has created an increasing need for Medical Cannabis Practitioners who can provide the informational services a patient needs for the effective use of cannabis in treating a medical condition.

As increasing numbers of patients ask their doctor about the medicinal use of cannabis, physicians have become a major source of Medical Cannabis Practitioner referrals.  While Federal law prohibits a physician from referring a patient to a facility that distributes cannabis; a physician may refer a patient to a Medical Cannabis Practitioner for consultation on the medicinal use of cannabis.

Practitioners are working with Health Care Facility (HCF) Licensees who are providing cannabinoid-based medicines to their Clients under the California SB 94 “Medical Cannabis Retail License Exemption” for State licensed Health Care Facilities including Adult Residential Care Facilities (ARF), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), and Short Term Residential Treatment Programs (STRTP).

Medical Cannabis Practitioners are needed, by operators of State licensed cannabis retail facilities, to assist patients who have a physician’s approval for the medicinal use of cannabis.

Some Medical Cannabis Practitioners have opened an office to provide services as a City licensed Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Consultant.  

Practitioners have successfully developed a Client base through participation in Health Care Expos and Events. Products and services are introduced and provided via the Practitioner’s Website and Tele-medicine.


Acceptance in the Program is based on the Participant’s application and interview.   An interview is scheduled to determine if the Program will meet the applicant’s objectives.  There are no Program pre-requisites.

Program Participants include physical therapists, nutritionists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, pharmacists, and other health care providers who are interested in expanding their health care services to include cannabinoid-based medicines.

Program Participants include primary caregivers who want to provide services for their patients who have a physician’s approval for the medicinal use of cannabis.  


Participants have the option to complete the Program, live, ON-LINE – or – ON-SITE at the MCC Educational Center in Pasadena.

The Program takes approximately twenty (20) hours to complete.  Training sessions may be scheduled around the Participant’s work schedule.  Participants have up to thirty (30) days to complete the Program.  Upon completion of the Program, the MCC continues to serve as an on-going resource for the Medical Cannabis Practitioners.  


The Practitioner Program is taught in three (3) Modules and includes clinical training

MODULE I:  Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

A.  Cannabis as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); now known as Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH)

B.  State required CAM Practitioner “Disclosure Statement”

C.  Complementary and Alternative Medicine Certification Programs (optional)

E.  The Business Side of Providing Services as a Medical Cannabis Practitioner

     a)  Obtaining a City Business License as CAM Consultant specializing in cannabinoid therapeutics 

     a)  Legal Entity

     b)  Insurance

     c)  Sales taxes

MODULE II:  Overview of California SB 94 Regulations regarding the medicinal and adult use of cannabis

A.  The role of State Agencies under the SB 94 Regulations

B.  Types of Licenses

C.  General Regulations

D.  “Medical Cannabis Retail License Exemption” granted to State Health Care Facility (HCF) Licensees

E.  Primary Caregivers and Individual Cultivators under SB 94 Regulations

F.  Proving cannabinoid-based medicines for Qualified Patients as an “Individual Cultivator” under SB 94 Regulations

MODULE III:  Medical Cannabis Practitioner Services

A.  Providing Services via Telemedicine

B.  Patient Information

       a)  HIPAA

       b)  Risks and Side Effects

       c)  SB 94 Regulations that may affect the patient’s use of cannabis

       d)  Department of Public Health (DPH) Cannabis Patient ID Card for sales tax exemption

C.   Required Patient Forms

       a)  Written Documentation       

       b)  Disclosure

D.   Patient Consultation

      a)  In-take Questionnaire

      b)  Formulas 

      c)   Ingestion methods

      d)   Tritration/Dosage

     e)  Basic information regarding the cannabis plant and the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS)

     f)  Collection of Patient Data

E.  Providing Cannabinoid-based Medicines as a Medical Cannabis Practitioner 

      a) CBD Product Source

      b) THC Product Source


Liz McDuffie, Director

Medical Cannabis Caregivers                                                                                                                     


The MCC issues a Certificate upon the completion of the Training Program Modules.




A full refund is made if the Participant withdraws from the Program before beginning Module III.


Please complete the “Application Form” posted below.  Acceptance in the Program is based on the Participant’s application and interview.  Applications are reviewed by the Program Director.  An interview is scheduled to determine if the Program supports the Applicant’s objectives.

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