Board Certification

The American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP) board certification exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids and medical marijuana.

The ABMMP defines board certification as a voluntary process that generally indicates a practicing physician’s, and other clinicians, academicians and researchers, mastery of the core body of knowledge, experience, skills and expertise in a particular practice of medicine. The testing standards which the ABMMP employs are valid, reliable and psychometrically sound; they are designed and utilized to accurately measure a physician’s mastery and knowledge. Successful completion of the ABMMP board certification examination indicates mastery of the use and administration of cannabinoids and medical marijuana in the practice of medicine, as well as knowledge, experience, skill and expertise, and a professional commitment to medical ethics.

The ABMMP board certification consists of three (3) parts:

  1. Written Examination (1/2 day);
  2. Oral Examination (1/2 day);
  3. Clinical Case Review (Submitted)

The format of the written exam is multiple-choice, single-response questions. The questions are developed and validated by the Executive Board of the ABMMP along with psychometric consultants. Upon successful passing of the written portion of the ABMMP board certification examination, the candidate will advance to the oral examination.

The oral examination of the ABMMP board certification is comprised of three (3) case presentations in which the candidate describes his/her approach to managing a clinical case presented by an examiner. Examiners consist of highly recognized and respected clinicians in either the academic, research or private clinical practice of medicine.


General board certification requirements of the ABMMP include the following:

  • A medical degree from an approved medical school (for physicians); or, a doctorate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university for clinicians and scientific researchers (for clinicians and researchers)
  • Substantial and identifiable clinical experience and or training (e.g., residency or fellowship; or training and or residency completion in an ACGME accredited program (or the equivalent in a foreign jurisdiction) (for physicians)
  • Documented clinical experience and proven clinical competencies in the administration and use of cannabinoids and medical marijuana (e.g., CME; post-graduate courses; Research; publications; State registration (e.g., Compassionate Use registered Clinicians);
  • State registration (e.g., Compassionate Use registered Physicians) (for physicians)
  • A current valid license to practice medicine (e.g., allopathic, osteopathic, or naturopathic medicine)
  • Satisfactory completion of the written ABMMP examination
  • Satisfactory completion of the oral ABMMP examination
  • Satisfactory submission and review of ten (10) Clinical Patient Case Summaries (with different primary treating Diagnoses) describing choice and details of medical marijuana treatment plan
  • Commitment to ongoing continuing medical education
  • Commitment to periodic re-certification
  • Commitment to ABMMP Code of Ethics

Purpose of Board Certification

The American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP) is committed to the certification of qualified physicians, clinicians and scientific researchers engaged in the practice of medicine involving medical marijuana. Certification is based on scientific and medical education, clinical training, clinical practice, clinical skills, and experience-based requirements, against which a physician can be assessed, that suggest appropriateness and suitability for board certification.

The purposes of board certification is as follows:

  1. To define the substantive domain of knowledge and clinical skills expected of a physician;
  2. To provide a valid, reliable and reproducible assessment of the knowledge level demonstrated by a physician;
  3. To encourage continued professional development of best practices in the filed of stem cell medicine and surgery;
  4. To formally recognize physicians who meet the high standards set by the ABMMP; and
  5. To serve the public by encouraging quality patient care in the practice of medical marijuana.

Scope of Certification

Eligibility requirements and examinations of the ABMMP have been developed based on a substantial review and analysis of the current state of clinical knowledge in the field of medical marijuana, as reflected in PEER medical publications and the patient-care setting.

Benefits of Board Certification

Benefits to board certification by the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP) include the following:

  • Prestigious certificate suitable for framing as a Diplomate
  • Recognition as Diplomate, American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians
  • Recognition as being board certified by a national board certifying organization
  • Unlimited board certification attestation for active Diplomates
  • Demonstration of knowledge, experience, skills, and expertise
  • Government affairs advocacy
  • Opportunity to participate in ABMMP Board development and governance