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Florida Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification

$179.00

Above pricing is for a single seat purchase, see below for multi-seat pricing.

The Florida Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification consists of a series of educational modules designed to teach dispensary personnel and medical professionals about cannabis. Learn about the legal framework surrounding cannabis in Florida to US policy at large. Then, discover the fundamentals of the cannabis plant and learn about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and how cannabis works in our bodies. This course, which includes video explanations from medical experts and engaging infographics, will provide value to anyone wanting to better understand the science and utilization of cannabis.

If you are a dispensary, medical group, or company and interested in multi-seat pricing or a customized, white label course, please call 844.411.0500.

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Does your state have legal cannabis? Yes!  Medical Cannabis is legal in Florida. In November 2016, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (known as Amendment 2) legalized medical marijuana treatment in Florida.

On June 16, 2014, Florida became the 22nd state to legalize (at least partial) access to medical marijuana when Governor Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures, or muscle spasms could use low-THC cannabis products recommended by a licensed doctor. Doctors and patients had to register on the Compassionate Use Registry, an online database maintained by the Florida Department of Health. The governor also signed Senate Bill 1700 to protect the privacy of doctors recommending low-THC marijuana and their patients.

On October 6th, 2022, the Florida Department of Health released an emergency order in response to Hurricane Ian that temporarily reinstated telehealth appointments for qualified marijuana cardholders.

This emergency order is currently in effect for select counties through November 30th, 2022.

What does the Certification Include?

The Medical Cannabis Foundational Certification will allow you to learn the core fundamentals of cannabis science and explore cannabis industry knowledge, so you are prepared to be a certified in your state. Our courses and certifications will provide you with knowledge and skillset to enter the cannabis job market competitively, right out of the gate. This certification is not just for medical professionals, but for budtenders who want to enroll in the most robust cannabis certification course as your educational foundation.

As you expand your cannabis educational pursuits, make sure to check out additional courses such as our Advanced CBD Certification. Medical Marijuana 411 will be adding new expert level certifications monthly. Subscribe to our e-news to stay informed!

The Medical Cannabis Foundational Course is an online course that covers a series of 12 modules designed to teach healthcare and industry professionals the fundamental topics of cannabis and includes a specific module on the legal framework, forms and other pertinent information regarding the Florida Medical Marijuana program.

In addition to Delaware specific regulations,  learn about the federal legal framework of working with medical marijuana patients, the basics of the cannabis plant, the Endocannabinoid System, and how cannabinoid receptors work with our bodies. Additional modules will cover important topics like: how to medicate, inhalation versus ingestion, contraindications, drug-on-drug interactions, and recommended rations of specific illnesses.

Did you know?   Healthcare Professionals are covered by Federal Law to talk to patients about Medical Marijuana even in non-legal states by an existing statute? That’s the wealth of information contained in MM411, Inc. certifications.

This certification also  includes: video testimonials from scientists and medical experts, downloadable infographics, additional visuals to support the written content followed by an exam to receive your certificate. Any individual wanting to learn more about the science of cannabis will find the course valuable. And we guarantee your complete satisfaction or your money back. To date, MM411, Inc has never had a return. Enrollees love our certifications and we stand by our courses with a 100% guarantee.

If you are a dispensary, medical group, or company and interested in multi-seat pricing or a customized, white label course, please call 844.411.0500.

Module 1 – US Legal

  • U.S. Controlled Substances Act
  • Drug Schedule – Cannabis Schedule I
  • Drug Schedule (Graphic)
  • COVID Cannabis Guidelines
  • Economic Impact
  • Cannabis genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae
  • Legal differentiation between hemp and marijuana distinguished by their respective concentrations of the cannabinoid delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • 2018 Farm Bill
    • Impact on hemp classification
  • SAFE Banking Act
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,630,507
  • Trademarks
  • Ogden Memo
  • Cole Memo
  • Wilkenson Memo
  • 2018 Sessions Memorandum
  • Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment
  • Joyce Amendment
  • Conant v. Walters
  • What Medical Professionals Can Legally Provide To Their Patients (Graphic)
  • Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research
  • Guidance for Industry – Downloadable PDf
  • Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research
  • Guidance for Industry – Video Explainer
  • Taxes
  • Affirmative Defense
  • Bankruptcy Protection
  • Employment Law
  • Access to Banking  – Financial Crimes Enforcement Network FinCEN Guidance
  • Copyright and Registration

Module 2 – Florida Cannabis Legal Module

Module 3 – History

  • Early History of Cannabis Use
  • Cannabis in the West
  • U.S. Prohibition History
  • The Medical Implications of U.S. Prohibition
  • Medical Cannabis Today
  • Hemp vs Cannabis
  • Brief Chronology of History in Spain and throughout Europe

Module 4 – The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System

  • Introduction of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • Largest Receptor System
  • ECS – Video Explainer
  • Newly Discovered
  • Chemical Bridge to All Bodily Functions
  • Homeostasis
  • Healthy Body = Healthy ECS
  • ECS – Downloadable Graphic
  • Dr Jake Felice – What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? Video Interview
  • Largest Neurotransmitter System of all “the body’s supercomputer”
  • 1964 discovery of THC and CBD – Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D and Yehiel Gaoni, Ph.D
  • The Scientist – video regarding Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D discoveries
  • Allyn Howlett, Ph.D  – Isolating THC in the brain – 1998
    • No cannabinoid receptors in the cardiac and respiratory centers of the brainstem therefore no overdose from cannabis
  • Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D found in 1992, brain chemical that mirrors the effects of THC
    • Two brain chemicals – anandamide, Sanskrit word “ananda” brain chemical that mimics THC and CBD, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol, which they named 2-AG.
  • Endogenous Molecules “endocannabinoids”.
  • CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors
  • Cannabinoids and how they attach to receptors
  • CB1 receptors
    • Located in the central nervous system and affect many brain functions including movement, anxiety, stress, fear, pain, appetite, reward, and motor control
  • CB2 receptors
    • CB2 receptors control the release of cytokines, immuno-regulatory proteins, that are linked to inflammation during illness or after injury.
  • Retrograde Inhibition
  • Lack of education on the Endocannabinoid System
  • Clinical Studies
  • At a Glance – Downloadable Infographic
  • Homeostatsis
  • Human Thriving Behavior and the ECS

Module 5 – One Plant, One Complex Chemical Factory

  • Minor Cannabinoids: CBG CBC CBN THCV
  • Terpenes
  • The Entourage Effect & Tolerance / ECS Down Regulation
  • Botanical vs. Single Molecule Compounds & Cannabinoids and Opioids

Module 6 – Getting Cannabinoids into the Bloodstream

  • Inhalation: Smoking vs. Vaporization
  • In the News Discussions
  • Cannabis Flower vs. Concentrate
  • Different Concentrate Consistencies
  • Extraction Methods
  • Winterization
  • Concentrates Using Solvents
  • Solventless Concentrates
  • Edibles, Oral Mucosal, Topicals and Suppositories
  • The Role of the Medical Provider
  • The Role of the Dispensary: Experts within the Dispensary

Module 7 – Patient Centered Dosing

  • Considerations Before Medicating with Cannabis
  • Set and Setting
  • Drug-Drug Interactions
  • Relative Contraindications
  • Youth Under 25
  • Patients and Cardiac Conditions
  • Patients with Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Immunocompromised Patents
  • Biphasic Effect
  • Finding the Appropriate Dose
  • Recommended Ratios for Specific Illnesses

 Module 8 – Laboratory Testing

  • How Testing Works
  • Contaminants: Pesticides, Fungi and Mold
  • How to Interpret a Test

Module 9 – Clinical Practice

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Endometriosis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Menopause

Module 10 – Cannabis and Opioids

  • Pain Management Today
  • Cannabis and Opioids: The Good News
  • Cannabis and NSAIDS: More Good News

Module 11 – Medical Myths and Facts

  • Gateway Theory, Addiction and Brain Function
  • Impaired Motivation, Memory and Mental State
  • Lung Damage, Usage Patterns and Overall Danger

Module 12 – Side Effects Abuse and Misuse

  • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
  • Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD)
  • Short and Long Term Side Effects
  • Physical and Mental Effects
  • Cannabis and driving
  • Cannabis Overconsumption and Tolerance

Florida – Medical Marijuana Legal Overview

The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 was placed on the ballot in November 2014, but failed to win the required 60% majority of votes. The publicity surrounding this defeat helped to change the public attitude towards medical marijuana.

In March, 2016, State Bill 307 expanded access to full-strength medical marijuana to terminally ill patients who were determined by two doctors to have less than a year to live.

In November of 2016, 71% of Florida voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (perhaps confusingly: also known as Amendment 2).

A special legislative session in June 2017 passed Senate Bill 8A, the Medical Use of Marijuana Act, to implement rules for making medical marijuana available to Floridians. The Florida Department of Health established the Office of Medical Marijuana Use to implement these rules, and changed the name of the Compassionate Use Registry to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

Florida only considers cannabis products purchased by a certified patient through a licensed dispensary to be ‘medical marijuana.’

According to Senate Bill 8A, medical marijuana refers to:

All parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis, which are dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.

To fully understand this definition, you also need to know two other legal definitions:

  • Medical marijuana treatment center
  • Qualified patient

Senate Bill 8A defines medical marijuana treatment centers (also known as MMTCs or dispensaries) as state-licensed medical marijuana centers designed to “ensure reasonable statewide accessibility and availability as necessary for qualified patients registered in the medial marijuana use registry and who are issued a physician certification.”

Translation? Florida MMTCs are the only places where patients are legally allowed to purchase medical marijuana. If you purchase marijuana from any other source – even if you have your Florida medical card – your cannabis isn’t considered ‘medical marijuana’ and you may be subject to arrest and/or penalty.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition

To qualify, a patient must be a permanent or seasonal resident of Florida, be entered into the medical marijuana use registry, and obtain a medical marijuana ID card. You can learn more about the requirements to become a patient here. Patients can purchase marijuana from registered marijuana dispensaries, called Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs). Click here to search for an MMTC near you.

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Cited Experts

Additional videos from leading cited experts, scientists and physicians, and downloadable graphics are part of this certification. Here is a partial list of the scientists, researchers, educators and lawyers whose work is cited within the Medical Marijuana 411 certifications.

Our goal of creating the most current content for this cannabis certification course was obtained by using peer-reviewed research from industry experts. All citations utilized in this course meet standard guidelines and are part of the public domain. Experts listed below are not affiliated with Medical Marijuana 411 and no endorsement or authorization should be inferred by their inclusion on our website. Medical Marijuana 411 has included links to each expert to ensure credit is given for their research, legal and scientific studies under the guidelines of “Fair Use.”