Founded in 2009, Medical Marijuana 411 is one of the first and most trusted online resources for medical cannabis education. Our community of physicians, patients, and researchers are committed to providing the very best online education platform based on peer reviewed research for those seeking education that is research based and unbiased.

As part of our commitment to offering the best medical marijuana education on a myriad of topics, Medical Marijuana 411 is proud to have authored ACCME accredited courses for the medical professional community. Continuing Medical Education (CME) approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

In addition to the monumental feat of launching accredited, online Medical Marijuana CME courses, Medical Marijuana 411 also pushed to also have those CME courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for Pharmacists’ CPE credits and by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) for Nurses’ CNE credits. Medical Marijuana 411 is very first medical marijuana education provider to offer online, enduring CME, CPE and CNE courses to Physicians, Pharmacists and Nurses anywhere in the world.

Medical Marijuana 411 understands the on-going commitment to the highest standards in cannabis education and now proud to be authoring titles on cannabis.  Medical Marijuana 411 has partnered with Springer Publishing, the global leader in medical publications, to bring credible, research based medical cannabis textbooks into the hands of professionals. The Medical Cannabis Handbook for Healthcare Professionals is the first of a series of titles available for sale with Medical Cannabis and Opioids – Minimizing Opioid Use Through Cannabis available March 2020.

Medical Marijuana 411 is expanding to meet the cannabis educational requirements worldwide. Working with key strategic partners in global markets, Medical Marijuana 411 strives to provide accredited programs through universities, government agencies and those developing medical marijuana policies in those emerging markets. As an expert in policy, cannabis certification requirements and compliance, Medical Marijuana 411 will work with partners to develop the optimal programs to ensure patient safety, economic impact and new job opportunities.

The Advanced Learning Management System by Medical Marijuana 411 is a state-of-the-art educational platform that delivers a full array of online cannabis courses and medical marijuana certifications. We are certified by the states of Alaska, Washington and Utah, offering the Alaska Marijuana Handler Permit, the Medical Marijuana Consultant Certification program for Washington state and the required Utah Medical Medical Provider Certification.

Additional courses offered include: Medical Cannabis Consultant Certification (budtender certification), Advanced Medical Marijuana Certification and a myriad of courses focused on ailment specific topics such as: Pain Management, Topicals, Glaucoma, Sleep and PTSD. All the modules, webinars and podcasts in our courses are available online 24/7. This gives you the ability to schedule and complete your courses at any time. We continue to develop learning modules that allow medical professionals, consultants and independent learners gain a greater understanding of medical cannabis, cannabis-related science, substance abuse, communication skills, professional ethics and ailments, and state-specific medical marijuana laws and policies.

All of our courses are 100% guaranteed or your money back. We promise you the very best educational experience.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the following articles belong solely to the authors and may be based on anecdotal information or published research studies. Medical Marijuana 411 values providing our readers with information about the latest cannabis related topics for educational purposes only and not for the intention of advocacy.

Meet The Team


Chris Nazarenus

Chief Vision Officer & Founder

Before founding Medical Marijuana 411, Ms. Nazarenus successfully sold, implemented and configured Digital Asset Management Systems for Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest publishers in the world. She is an expert in social media and digital strategies and content management specialist offering digital consulting services to top brands for their online strategies. It was after securing a contract with Sears, that Chris, had an opportunity to help the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an archive strategy. In 1998, she would have the vision to ‘flip’ the traditional archival strategy and develop an online strategy, unheard of at the time.

Ms. Nazarenus has been quoted in D.A. Benton‚s book, How to Act Like a CEO. Artemis Images’ business case is featured in “Technology Ventures – From Ideas to Enterprise”, McGraw Hill and studied by MBA students worldwide. In 2007, Chris was a nominee for the prestigious Denver Business Journals “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”. Chris is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.

Phone: 844-411-0500 Ext: 813


Kurt Hahn

Managing Director of Asian Operations

Kurt has been a resident of Japan for over 30 years, and brings expertise in Learning & Development HRD and OD throughout Asia, new business development and entrepreneurship. Originally from San Francisco, Kurt began his professional career in finance as an analyst with UBS where we was a top-ranked analyst, before starting his own management consulting firm with partners from McKinsey Japan. Later he joined the preeminent silicon valley venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital, as Japan advisor forging alliances with leading Japanese think tanks, including The University of Tokyo, and more recently, senior manager with Amazon Japan, in charge of a $800 million business. Kurt was educated at San Francisco State University, Stanford Business School and Japan’s prestigious Waseda University.



Rick Beets

VP Technical Operations

As VP of Technical Operations, Rick is responsible for all the different technical facets of Medical Marijuana 411’s operations. Rick utilizes skills he garnered from a long sales career in the high technology sector. He understands what it takes to deploy sophisticated web applications and is dedicated to achieving the goals of each and every client.

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Sam Sabzehzar


Sam Sabzehzar is one of the original co-founders of Medical Marijuana 411. With a foundation of investigative and transactional research on botanicals delivered to the body’s endocannabinoid system, Mr. Sabzehzar has developed a strong understanding of the research behind medical marijuana. With his requirement for knowledge, he has established rich relationships with diverse scientists, individuals and organizations. Sam currently works with companies requiring license applications for various state and government cannabis compliance.

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Lane Trachy

Digital Content Curator

Lane Tracy is based in Southern California and is a content curator for Medical Marijuana 411. He focuses on new developments in legislation and research. He works to provide unbiased commentary on what is happening in the medical cannabis community. He spends his free time playing guitar and walking on the beach.




Dr. Jack Cox, MD MMM

Swedish Health Services CMO

Dr. Jack Cox is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years’ experience in regional and national senior leadership positions. Areas of expertise and experience include strategic development of performance improvement systems, innovation, clinical program strategic development and implementation, leadership development, large program operations, education, research and national and international publishing and speaking.

Dr. Cox is a board certified Family Physician, a fellow of the American Board of Family Practice, a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives & holds a master’s degree in Medical Management from Tulane University. He has been
named one of Becker’s Top 100 CMO’s to know in 2014 & 2016 & has authored 4 books.


Mark Mersman

Kola Financial Partners

Co-Founder with Kola Financial Partners consulting within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries.

Prior: As C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board for Newbridge Global Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NBGV)  Mark helped lead a pivot into the cannabis industry and dramatically increased the company’s market capitalization upon exit. Consulting in the cannabis and hemp / CBD industries since 2016 has been a co-founder of Medican A/S, a licensed cultivator and processor of medical cannabis in Denmark and an outside advisor to the Verde Mountain Fund and Cornerstone Income funds both investing in the cannabis space.


Dr. Kevin Smith

Dr Kevin F Smith received his Masters of Public Health from Yale University, and became Board Certified in Occupational & Preventive Medicine, and now has over 30+ years’ experience in this field in not only private practice, but also for large Hospital groups and large organizations.  He also attained the status of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Medical Corp., where he has also been deployed several times and served his country in the capacity of Field Surgeon and Preventive Medicine Physician. Further, he has been on the teaching faculties of several Universities and institutes training medical personnel including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants.


Dr. Greg Smith

Dr. Gregory Smith earned his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since getting out of the US Army as a Major, Dr. Smith has been in primary care practice in California, Georgia and Florida for the past 30 years.

Dr. Smith is an avid writer, having published over a dozen peer reviewed medical publications, two medical textbooks, and a novel called “Malpractice.”


Dr. Jake Felice, ND LMP

Accomplished naturopathic physician with extensive experience in cannabinoid therapeutics and medical cannabis consultations. Educator of professional and corporate cannabis employees for cannabis consultant licensure through the Washington State Department of Health.

Published cannabis researcher and author. Medical cannabis advisor for cannabis companies regarding regulation and compliance. Consultant with scientific, medical, public relations and political experience for emerging and existing medical cannabis industries.