The Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

Off to the 2014 Endocannabinoid Medical Conference! Looking forward to hearing about the latest research…! We will update you on the blog when we get back!

The Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

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Our Video Introduction

Click on this Video Link to learn more about What we Do at the SW Medical marijuana Evaluation Center!

How do you get an MMJ Card in Arizona? Make an appointment with us and we can explain the medical criteria to you and conduct an evaluation to see if you qualify for certification.

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American Academy of Neurology Calls For Research on Marijuana’s Benefits

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“In new guidelines published this week, the world’s largest association for neurologists concluded that marijuana may be an effective treatment for a number of brain-related conditions.”  Read the full article in Leaf Science here…

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Medical Marijuana Professionals Seek Willing Charities

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana professionals want to support charities that are affiliated with conditions qualified for medical marijuana use.  Unfortunately, finding organizations willing to accept their donations is not as easy as it may sound.  Many charities are still reluctant to accept funds from anyone associated with cannabis even though medical marijuana businesses are legal entities in Arizona. Both sides suffer as a result.

A recent event is a case in point.  In an effort to give back, state licensed medical cannabis dispensary, The Holistic Center (THC), recently hosted a community charity event in recognition of the 4/20 Medical Marijuana Holiday. As they prepared for the event, organizers approached various charities but were turned down by several organizations.  Only the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Arizona Chapter was willing to accept their generous offer. They reaped the benefit of a successful event while others missed out.

Dr. Elaine Burns, Medical Director of Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center, participated in the event.  Donating 20% of her proceeds from the day, she also offered reduced fee certifications for the AZ MMJ program and conducted evaluations in the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation mobile unit.  “Every day, we see patients who suffer from a wide variety of ailments, everything from cancer and MS patients to individuals whose severe seizures leave them with little to no quality of life.  Medical marijuana helps them immensely but most of them also rely on the resources provided by charities that support those with their condition.  We respect those organizations and want to support them.  In fact, to maintain their not for profit status, dispensaries are required to give to other 501(c)3 organizations. Dispensaries and certification doctors are not street corner drug dealers.  We are serious, legitimate medical professionals who wonder how any charity can afford to ignore such readily available funds.”

Dr. Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) and Certified Expert in Cannabis Medicine, is the founder and Medical Director of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center.  She was the first physician in Arizona to pass the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine’s (AACM) physician certification test which established her as Arizona’s only certified expert in the clinical application of cannabis medicine. With interests in both anti-aging and the medical uses of cannabis, Dr. Burns is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for her patients.

In addition to a Mobile Unit that travels around the state, Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center is located in Phoenix at 12620 N. Cave Creek Road, Suite 7 and in Scottsdale at 8010 E. McDowell Road, Suite 105.For further information, contact Dr. Elaine Burns at 480-656-2119, email her directly at or visit www.EVALUATIONTODAY.COM.

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Az Medical marijuana program faces key test in court

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez The Republic | Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:32 PM

The top lawyers for the state and county, strong opponents of Arizona’s medical-marijuana laws, will argue in court today that federal drug laws pre-empt the voter-approved law.

Attorneys arguing on behalf of White Mountain Health Center of Sun City, meanwhile, charge that state law does not require anyone to violate federal laws by issuing permits for medical-marijuana activities since the state has decriminalized those acts. In their lawsuit, they also allege that Maricopa County illegally rejected the center’s registration certificate, which is among the state requirements to become a medical-marijuana dispensary applicant.

At stake is the future of medical marijuana in Arizona, one of 17 states to approve the drug to treat certain medical conditions. If government lawyers prevail, they would shut down the legal growing of marijuana and ensure that dispensaries do not open — making it impossible for patients to legally obtain pot.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon will hear arguments at 3 p.m.

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White Mountain Health Center v Bill Montgomery, DHS, State of Arizona, et al.

The Medical Marijuana Industry is under attack again! Despite the fact that DHS is doing its job, Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney and the State of Arizona are doing everything they can to thwart the will of the Arizona electorate…using the electorate’s money. For details:

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Sad day: Director Will Humble says “NO” to adding any of the conditions requested

Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble has said “no” to allowing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and, Migraines to the list of qualifying condition citing there isn’t enough science to indicate that Cannabis can help any of these conditions.

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Even though this seems like a big blow to the medical marijuana program, we must stay positive and continue to persevere in what we believe in.
in health & peace,

Dr. Burns

What do you think of this decision ?

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Celebrating One Year !

We have just completed one year of having the wonderful honor of working with medical marijuana patients in Az.

In honor of the State’s one year MMJ progam, we would like to hear from patients that have had access to this medicine;  What benefits have you experienced?  What medications , if any , have you been able to reduce / discontinue?  Any negative effects that you are concerned about ?

So please let us hear from you , on this blog, or, you may submit a 90 second video that we will post on our YOU TUBE CHANNEL (you can email the videos to   –  it is very important if we want to KEEP THE LAW ALIVE by demonstrating the great medical benefits of the cannabis plant.

We are looking forward to hearing the great stories…..

in health & peace,

Dr. Burns


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Dispensary Applications

Well It’s a wrap !  The Az Dept of Health Services received 484 applications for only 126 potential dispensary licenses.  At $5,000 / application the state just made $2.4 million !

The applications will be reviewed for content over the next few months and licenses will be awarded on August 7th.  Some areas received as many as 16 applications and 27 areas did not receive any.  A random drawing will be held on the 7th for those ares that received more than one.  This is very unfortunate as I believe the award of a license should be based on merit and not luck.

What do you think?

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Expansion of Arizona’s medical marijuana program will be debated / heard on May 25th, 2012

Four new medical conditions could eventually qualify under Arizona’s medical-marijuana program.

State health officials are considering whether to add depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and migraines as “debilitating conditions,”

Arizona would become the only state in the nation to allow medical marijuana for anxiety and depression, said Will Humble, director of the state Department of Health Services, which oversees the medical-marijuana program.

He said New Mexico is the only state that actively allows medical pot for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act requires the state health department to periodically accept and evaluate petitions to allow new medical conditions into the program.

“At this point, it’s just a hearing process — it doesn’t mean we’re approving these,” Humble said. “Our medical-review team thought they had at least provided enough evidence to warrant a hearing (on the four conditions), but that’s very different from an approval.”

Health officials received numerous petitions from people who suffer from the conditions proposed, as well as people who care for those who have the conditions, said Laura Oxley, a spokeswoman for the health department.

The health department is conducting an online survey to allow public comment. On May 25, the department will hold a public hearing on the proposal.

Ultimately, Humble will decide whether or not to add the conditions, he said.

His decision can be appealed through a judicial review.

To add a medical condition, Humble said, petitioners must prove that symptoms impair daily life, submit evidence that medical pot will provide relief, and provide recent articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that show marijuana helps treat the conditions, among other things.

Humble said that if PTSD is added to the medical-marijuana program, he predicts it alone could add 15,000 to 20,000 new patients.


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