Welcome to CED Pedi/Guardians
CED Pedi serves to educate adult and pediatric consumers about the medical properties and value of cannabis. We help to facilitate appropriate evaluations, and/or state-sponsored certifications, of patients within the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program, as well as for Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. CED is an organization dedicated to combating, through education and information, stigmas associated with cannabis. Advances in science, medical research, and modern product controls underscore the ability of medicinal cannabis to be a viable and empowering treatment option for patients. Under Dr. Caplan and Dr Exelbert's supervision, CED Pedi believes that discussions concerning cannabis, and knowledge about its benefits, must be more accessible if the misinformation around cannabis is to be overcome. CED Pedi seeks to shine a light upon research, data, and science that support medicinal cannabis’ beneficial aspects.
Steps Involved in MA state registration (following the clinic visit)
During the process of participating in the MA state medical program, you will receive an email from the state to confirm that you are a patient. This email will provide instructions for completing the registration process, similar to the information you will receive today. You may expect CED Pedi to guide you every step of the way. We are eager to minimize any friction points you may find within the program.
After your visit, there are some required steps to complete for your child's certification to be processed completely and a permanent card mailed to your home for access to the dispensaries. For your child to be considered an active, legal patient, able to use medical cannabis in Massachusetts, both the doctor steps AND the state registration steps must be completed. If you, the parent, do not complete the registration process with the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program, your child will not be considered a legal patient in Massachusetts and covered by applicable laws.
CED Pedi/Guardian Schedule of Visits
CED Pedi patients and parents are required to have regular follow-up evaluations every 90 days. Massachusetts requires a “bona fide” relationship between physician and patient as a foundational component of the law that defines the state Medical Marijuana Program. The CED Pedi schedule is intensive, but it allows us to help ensure that you and your child are both enjoying a productive, healthy introduction to the use of therapeutic cannabis, and so that we can continue the process of sharing crucial knowledge and experience about cannabis treatments. There is still much to learn about the therapeutic use of cannabis with pediatric populations, and CED Pedi is committed to learning from patients as well as the evolving medical literature to ensure a safe, effective, and sustainable pediatric medical cannabis practice. Follow-up visits are encouraged, above and beyond the 4 minimum required. Every child is different and benefits from different oversight. We strive to customize each child and parents' education to individual needs and goals.
Visit 1: Introduction to CED | Basic education | Initial Program Access (Fee, meet Dr Caplan and Dr Exelbert)
Visit 2: 90-day follow up (No cost, with either/both Dr Caplan and Dr Exelbert )
Visit 3: 180-day follow up (Fee, with Dr Caplan and Dr Exelbert )
Visit 4: 270-day follow up (No cost, with either/both Dr Caplan and Dr Exelbert )
Other visits beyond the above minimum are welcome, encouraged and included