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Top Rated Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Is on the Move

New Office opening in Avondale! In a desire to better serve the west valley, Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center, one of Arizona’s original and most respected medical marijuana evaluation centers, has announced the opening of a third office in Avondale. Grand Opening for the new office, located at 10320 W. McDowell Rd, Suite B2006, will be on April 6, 2017. Grand Opening Specials will be in effect for the new office. The new office is located on the NW corner of 103rd Avenue and McDowell Road next to the ReMax Realty in suite B2006. Grand Opening special pricing of $75 for the physician certification fee is being provided at the Avondale location only. Find out more…

Elaine Burns, Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Introduces Mobile Doctors Unit
Phoenix, Arizona. With medical marijuana dispensaries finally selected and soon to open, increasing numbers of patients around Arizona will need better access to doctors who are able to evaluate their need for the medication. Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center will be introducing its Mobile Doctors service on August 31 to serve that need. The Mobile Doctors unit will provide on-location evaluations in under-served areas of the state as well as at selected dispensaries. It will be the first service of its kind in Arizona.

Elaine Burns, NMD Becomes Arizona’s First Certified Expert in Cannabis Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona. As the first physician in Arizona to pass the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine’s (AACM) physician certification test, Dr. Elaine M. Burns, founder of Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center and the Cannabis Pain Management Center, recently set a new, higher standard for doctors working in Arizona’s medical marijuana community. The certification establishes Dr. Burns as Arizona’s only certified expert in the clinical application of cannabis medicine and raises the professional and ethical bar for the many doctors in Arizona who are now evaluating patients for medical marijuana.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Physicians Association Issues Call to Action
Scottsdale, AZ. Confusion over the conflict between Arizona’s medical marijuana law and federal law which outlaws cultivation, sale or use of marijuana runs rampant. Lawsuits have been filed. Growers and sellers have been warned of the potential for prosecution. Meanwhile, patients who can benefit from the medication are caught in the middle. Committed to their patients’ wellbeing, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Physicians Association is calling on patients and the general public to place pressure for legalization where it belongs – Washington D.C.

Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Educates Patients, Establishes Support Group
One very significant point is often lost in all the concern about how to implement Arizona’s new medical marijuana law. The law was put into place to help people with medical conditions that can benefit from marijuana. To help those patients learn how to safely and legally use the medication, many for the first time, Dr. Elaine Burns at Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center has established the Open Heart Compassion Support Group and has introduced an educational program covering topics such as cultivation and edible marijuana.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Physicians Association Established to Self-Regulate Medical Marijuana Certification Providers
In direct response to the many concerns expressed about potential “certification mills” for medical marijuana, Dr. Elaine Burns, NMD, and a group of her fellow physicians have founded the Arizona Medical Marijuana Physicians Association. The Association’s primary mission is to provide self-regulation among providers who are committed to assuring the highest standards within the state’s new and growing medical marijuana community.

New Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Bridges Gap between Dispensary and Qualified Patients
Since the passage of Arizona’s new law legalizing medical marijuana, many businesses across the state have been laying the groundwork needed to be selected as one of the few allowed to open a dispensary.  Equally important, however, is the need for doctors who will evaluate patients and issue an Assigned Physician’s Certificate that can, after the law is implemented, be presented to the state to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Interesting Articles & Information

Blog  Blog  Marijuana As Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy (pdf)
by Alison Mack and Janet Joy, ISBN: 0-309-50386-8, 216 pages, 6 x 9, (2000)

Marijuana As Medicine? introduces readers to the active compounds in marijuana. These include the principal ingredient in Marinol, a legal medication. The authors also discuss the prospects for developing other drugs derived from marijuana’s active ingredients.

In addition to providing an up-to-date review of the science behind the medical marijuana debate, Mack and Joy also answer common questions about the legal status of marijuana, explaining the conflict between state and federal law regarding its medical use.

Intended primarily as an aid to patients and caregivers, this book objectively presents critical information so that it can be used to make responsible health care decisions. Marijuana As Medicine? will also be a valuable resource for policymakers, health care providers, patient counselors, medical faculty and students–in short, anyone who wants to learn more about this important issue.

The below 3 articles courtesy of

Medical Marijuana Effects: Indica vs. Sativa
The effects of marijuana can vary greatly depending on which sub-species, or strain, you medicate with. The plant species Cannabis sativa L. has two main sub-species used for medicinal purposes: Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Read on to learn more about the effects of each strain.

Methods of Medicating with Marijuana
Medical marijuana is a versatile medicine that is used by patients across the country to alleviate the side effects and symptoms of countless medical conditions, including cancer, HIV. AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and more. Many new patients wonder how to medicate with marijuana or how to take marijuana. There are several ways to medicate with marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Side Effects
Medical marijuana is a versatile medicine that can help with the side effects of countless medical conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDs, multiple sclerosis,glaucoma and more. Like all medicines, medical marijuana may cause certain effects.

Improving the quality of life for every patient.