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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.

To receive the certification, Dr. Burns passed a rigorous written and oral examination and demonstrated her adherence to strict requirements for licensing, experience and standing in the medical community. She passed the certification test following her attendance at the 7th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Tucson, AZ on April 27th and 28th.

"Arizona's medical marijuana law is new enough that standards for referring doctors are still being established," commented Dr. Burns. "Now is the time for us to establish the legitimacy of doctors who work with medical marijuana patients. It is critical that we maintain the highest ethical and medical standards. That will go a very long way toward overcoming the long-established bias against this very important medication. Our patients deserve nothing less."

The AACM is the gold standard for the emerging field of medical cannabis recommendations and approval. Its members are clinicians and researchers active in the field of endogenous, plant-derived and synthetic cannabinoids and those who support the medical use of cannabinoids. Members who have passed the Certification Test are expected to adhere to a well-defined set of best practices for administering patient care that encompasses everything from initial patient examinations and medical recordkeeping to advertising and medical ethics.

Dr. Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), is the founder and medical director of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation and Cannabis Pain Management Centers. With interests in both anti-aging and the medical uses of cannabis, Dr. Burns is deeply committed to helping her patients achieve wellness and vitality in their lives.

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, visit the web site at or contact Dr. Elaine Burns at 480-656-2119,

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