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Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Educates Patients, Establishes Support Group

Scottsdale, AZ. 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. Classes begin on Saturday, April 30 and all will be held at the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center in Scottsdale at 8010 E. McDowell Road, Suite 105. Cost for classes is $20 for current Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center patients to cover the cost of a spiral bound notebook and $75 for non-patients.

The first class, Beginning Cultivation is designed to help patients gain an overall understanding of the basic cultivation process from start to finish. It teaches them how they can fill the gap between now and the time dispensaries become operational around the end of 2011. It is also invaluable for those who will not be within proximity of a dispensary. Topics include Indoor vs. Outdoor Cultivation, Basic Tools and Reference Books, Lighting, Soil, Water & Nutrients, Different Systems, Air, Insect Control, Seeds & Germination, Vegetative Growth, Cloning, Mother Plants, Flowering Cycle, and Harvest. It will not cover Federal/State laws or security issues. The class will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

The second class, Edible Medicine provides an introduction on how to infuse the medicine into a starter butter that can be used in cooking. Taught by chef Tim Burns, the class will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Finally, the Open Heart Compassion Club Cannabis Support Group has been designed as a forum to help qualified patients learn what happens after they are evaluated. It will bring them together to explore legal ways they, as qualified medical marijuana users, can use the medication within the confines of the law and how they can legally obtain the medicine in the interim until dispensaries open in the late summer or early fall. Participants will also discuss topics such as patient rights and the legal and political issues surrounding the therapeutic uses of cannabis. The group will begin on Saturday, April 30th from 10 to 11 a.m.

“At the end of the day, anything we do must be about the patients and the medical benefits they can realize with marijuana,” said Dr. Burns. “Our goal with these programs is to help patients. It is as simple as that. This is new for everyone and knowing how to use marijuana legally can be confusing for many. But having access to medical marijuana is a privilege worth preserving. Educating patients, I believe, is a critical tool we can use to make sure our patients do not lose that privilege.”

For further information about Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center, visit the web site at www.EvaluationToday.com or contact Dr. Elaine Burns at 480-656-2119, [email protected].

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