Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
Arizona’s Medical Marijuana professionals want to support charities that are affiliated with conditions qualified for medical marijuana use. Unfortunately, finding organizations willing to accept their donations is not as easy as it may sound. Many charities are still reluctant to accept funds from anyone associated with cannabis even though medical marijuana businesses are legal entities in Arizona. Both sides suffer as a result.
A recent event is a case in point. In an effort to give back, state licensed medical cannabis dispensary, The Holistic Center (THC), recently hosted a community charity event in recognition of the 4/20 Medical Marijuana Holiday. As they prepared for the event, organizers approached various charities but were turned down by several organizations. Only the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Arizona Chapter was willing to accept their generous offer. They reaped the benefit of a successful event while others missed out.
Dr. Elaine Burns, Medical Director of Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center, participated in the event. Donating 20% of her proceeds from the day, she also offered reduced fee certifications for the AZ MMJ program and conducted evaluations in the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation mobile unit. “Every day, we see patients who suffer from a wide variety of ailments, everything from cancer and MS patients to individuals whose severe seizures leave them with little to no quality of life. Medical marijuana helps them immensely but most of them also rely on the resources provided by charities that support those with their condition. We respect those organizations and want to support them. In fact, to maintain their not for profit status, dispensaries are required to give to other 501(c)3 organizations. Dispensaries and certification doctors are not street corner drug dealers. We are serious, legitimate medical professionals who wonder how any charity can afford to ignore such readily available funds.”
Dr. Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) and Certified Expert in Cannabis Medicine, is the founder and Medical Director of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center. She was the first physician in Arizona to pass the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine’s (AACM) physician certification test which established her as Arizona’s only certified expert in the clinical application of cannabis medicine. With interests in both anti-aging and the medical uses of cannabis, Dr. Burns is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for her patients.
In addition to a Mobile Unit that travels around the state, 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, contact Dr. Elaine Burns at 480-656-2119, email her directly at drburns(at)evaluationToday(dot)com or visit EVALUATIONTODAY.COM.