Trusted Medical Cannabis Health Care Leaders Compassionate Certification Centers And Partner to Provide CBD Products to Patients

PENNSYLVANIA: Trusted health care leaders Compassionate Certification Centers, a physician-owned medical cannabis network, and, a digital portal and resource for cannabis patients, today announced they have partnered to distribute a co-branded, non-THC, CBD product line nationwide.

Marijuana-Doctors-LogoWhen Compassionate Certification Centers debuted its CBD line last year, recognized the brand as one of the few reputable and reliable sources for quality CBD and patient care.

Our brand is medical grade CBD that is triple-tested and affordably priced. With thousands of patients safely taking our products and testing negative for THC on their drug screens, we are glad to be a trusted and reliable option,” stated Compassionate Certification Centers CEO Melonie Kotchey.

Made in the U.S., the CBD line contains premium botanical oils derived from organic, all-natural ingredients. The Compassionate Certification Centers brand aligned with the core philosophies at, a commitment to compliance and integrity.

“We researched dozens of CBD companies and found over 80 percent don’t contain what is printed on their labels. Compassionate Certification Centers has developed a cutting-edge product that meets the needs and goals of our network of over 425,000 registered patients,” stated Ray Correa, Chief Operating Officer of

Under the partnership, and Compassionate Certification Centers will distribute a co-branded, THC-free, CBD line across their platforms. will offer the products for purchase online as well as a wholesale offering for its national network of medical practitioners.

“We define success by the magnitude of the beneficial footprint we leave on society,” commented Correa. “By being patient-centric and collaborating with those that share these values, we are confident the market will welcome this partnership with a warm reception.” is a digital portal for patients, providing visibility and transparency on medical cannabis physicians and alternative healthcare options.

Compassionate Certification Centers is a physician-led organization providing medical cannabis evaluations and certifications with offices throughout Pennsylvania. The health care network is listed on as a reliable and safe resource for patients and has an established five-star rating.

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As we enter December and our 5th anniversary, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, sponsors, subscribers and followers for your contribution in helping us to firmly establish ourselves as one of the leading b2b organizations in legal cannabis.  It’s been an amazing first five years, and we enter 2018 poised to take the association and the network to a truly national level.

Thank You 2017 MJBA National Sponsors

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NWMJLaw's Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

NWMJLaw’s Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O'Malley at MJBizCon

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley at MJBizCon

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Crystal Oliver, Washington's Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane's February meetup.

Crystal Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane.

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What You Need To Know Before Talking To Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana

By Zack M

Despite marijuana’s legalization, cannabis continues to remain illegal on a federal level in most states.  However, the United States’ federal law has lifted the ban on the usage of medical cannabis, which has encouraged certain states to permit the consumption of medical marijuana.

It isn’t hard to understand why one would want to use medical marijuana as a means of treatment; medical cannabis has plenty of benefits that include the prevention and treatment of glaucoma, controlling epileptic seizures, decreasing anxiety, and inducing appetite.

But before you can go to the dispensary or enlist medical marijuana delivery services, you must see a doctor in order to obtain a medical marijuana card or a valid written verification. If you are interested in using marijuana for medical purposes, here are some things you need to know before consulting a doctor:

When to see a doctor

It’s important to consider the qualifying medical conditions that make you eligible for treatment specific to the state you live in. Every state has specific medical conditions and symptoms that must be confirmed by a doctor before you can be deemed a medical marijuana patient.The first step is to research your state’s list of approved illnesses and injuries that allow you to receive treatment. If you have any of the ailments listed or think you are showing symptoms of them, it’s a good time to consult a medical professional.

Finding a doctor

Firstly, asking your doctor about the health benefits of medical marijuana is completely legal. The 2002 case, Conant v. Walters ruled in favor of protecting the rights of patients and physicians to discuss medicinal cannabis for the purpose of therapy. Depending on where you live, most healthcare providers are eligible to write you a prescription, including, in some cases, your primary physician. Research which types of medical professionals in your state are qualified to prescribe medical marijuana.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean all doctors are willing to give you a prescription. You can opt to visit a medical marijuana clinic or a doctor that has the specific role of working with patients looking to receive treatment with cannabis.

What to expect at the doctor’s office

Be prepared so that your physician can make a proper assessment and diagnosis. Anticipate the doctor to ask you about your medical history, your current condition, and any current and previous medication. Remember to clearly identify your symptoms.

If you have already been diagnosed, let the doctor know if previous pharmaceutical treatment hasn’t helped. You may also wish to bring studies (scholarly journals or academic studies are the most useful) of cases in which medical marijuana has proved effective in treating your condition.

Questions to ask your physician

Being fully aware of your health gives you more confidence in your treatment and recovery. It’s therefore critical to raise any questions or hesitations you might have.  Some common, but nonetheless important inquiries are:

    • What are the health risks and side effects of medical marijuana?
    • Will medical marijuana interfere with my current medication?
    • What is the recommended dosage?
    • Which method of consumption is the best for me?
    • What activities should I avoid?
    • I have children and/or pets. Is second hand smoke harmful?
    • Should I seek treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Finally, remember to work with—not against—your doctor so you can achieve the best solution possible. Your physician is there to help and a neutral, medical opinion on your ailment is important to get the therapy you most need.



Arizona targets lax medical marijuana doctors

ARIZONA: Arizona health officials are looking to root out physicians who are improperly recommending medical marijuana for patients who claim to suffer from chronic pain.

As part of the effort, the state Department of Health Services wants to collect more nuanced information about those patients with chronic pain, The Arizona Republic reported in a story published Saturday.

Patients seeking permission to use medical marijuana cited chronic pain as a debilitating condition about 26,500 times from July 2012 through June 2013. Officials say that represents about 73 percent of Arizonans who qualified to use the drug. [Read more…]