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The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association program is now online

Published Mar 1, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET
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Missouri health care professionals now have access to online cannabis information that can benefit both themselves and their patients. Missouri is offering a free online course where professional health care workers will have the opportunity to learn about how to deal effectively with patients who are exploring adding cannabis to their health regime. This free online course will also be made available for the general public who might be interested in medical cannabis as an option or addition to their medical regime.

Background Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCannTrade)

In-person Missouri medical marijuana training evolved in 2019 in response to physicians who were seeking reliable information and virtual learning opportunities. The in-person training became the foundation of the now new free online course. Physicians reported that more of their patients were looking for information regarding Missouri medical marijuana.

Moving forward, we now have the birth of virtual online medical cannabis training. MoCannTrade, the free online course founder, consists of professionals and business owners working collectively to build a safe and thriving compliant medical marijuana industry. MoCannTrade is the largest and most influential marijuana trade association in Missouri, with a voice that reiterates the assurity of a regulated and robust state Missouri medical marijuana course.

The member-only association provides certain benefits, and some of those include:

  • Legislative Representation
  • Education and training
  • Cannabis Industry Best Practices
  • Networking
  • Marijuana specific Industry Resources

Accredited continuing education course

The continuing medical education (CME) course was created by a MoCannTrade panel of pharmacists and physicians. The Healthcare Education and Training Committee is a fifteen-member group involving specialists and experts in:

  • Family and internal medicine
  • Geriatric care
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • emergency
  • Nursing

What does the course offer?

This free online course is one hour. Some of the topics include:

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  • An overview of the human endocannabinoid system
  • Laboratory testing standards
  • Legal obligations
  • Adverse effects
  • Research resources

Article IX of the Missouri state constitution permits Missouri residents who have qualifying medical conditions to purchase and cultivate medical marijuana with approval through a medical physician's signature. Physicians have to decide as to whether or not to certify patients with chronic medical conditions who could benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Importantly the law protects the physician from any legal ramifications when having conversations around the use of Missouri medical marijuana.

Over the last 19 months, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has granted the approval of more than 100,000 medical cannabis patient and caregiver cultivation applications.

Moving forward

It has been over two years since Missouri voters have voiced their affirmative position on approving Missouri medical marijuana. However, the noticeable gap in the knowledge that medical physicians have regarding the use of medical cannabis and what information is available today is widening.

Dr. Patricia Hurford, a presenter in the virtual video training, is a Board member of MoCannTrade and believes it is vital that Missouri's health professionals be equipped with the most up-to-date tools when discussing medical cannabis with patients as an additional medical option.

The more information that a health provider has to give to the patient, the more informed a decision can be made in regard to using cannabis as a treatment for specific health issues. The free online course will help those living in Missouri who are currently benefiting from medical marijuana use. For those who have considered speaking with their health professionals about adding cannabis to their medical health regime, this free online course provided by MoCannTrade can help as a guide towards making an informed cannabis medical decision.

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