Healing Leaf Medical Center
544 N Main St. Lapeer 48446
When did your certification company open, and what was your motivation to provide this service?
It opened in July 2016. Our motivation was to provide certifications and education to the Lapeer County and Thumb Area.
What’s the story behind the name of your company?
We want to educate the community on the healing and medicinal properties of cannabis and its “leaf.” It is also the same name as my Jamaican company, which will be a medical tourism treatment center.
What does your company offer new and existing consumers that they can’t find anywhere else?
We offer an educated, professional and patient staff. We are a “Gold-Standard Certification Center,” which means our process is tighter and safer than other doctor certification centers. We also offer massage therapy on-site.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
In 2008, the charge to register at the state level was $100 per year and there was a discounted rate of $25 per year for patients on Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid. The state of Michigan did away with the discount for financially strained patients, which essentially makes this program a “rich people tax,” because it doesn’t protect the people who can’t afford the doctor visit and state registration fee. I lobby for and hope the state of Michigan will provide free registration for the financially strained patients, providing more legal protections for those that need it the most. If patients can’t afford a card registry they definitely can’t afford a lawyer or probation. The state of Michigan consistently has a large surplus in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Fund.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a certification company? . . . Biggest joys?
Our biggest challenge is turning away patients who don’t have medical records to maintain the “Gold Standard.” Our biggest joy is helping the patients learn about the benefits of cannabis as a medicine and watching them improve their quality of life.
What is the one thing you want people to know about your company?
We have amazing staff who is medically trained and very educated in the different methods of consumption and health benefits of cannabis. We specialize in neurological dysfunction, fibromyalgia, opioid replacement therapy and pain management with cannabis.
If someone wanted to open a certification company and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice would you give them?
Hire a great lawyer to walk you through the process and a great doctor.