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The Compassionate Cannabis Clinic is a revolutionary medical practice that serves patients suffering with chronic and debilitating illnesses. Our goal is to help our patients achieve a better standard of wellness by using a non-fatal, more natural substance that was used to treat a variety of ills for millennia.

By creating and constantly refining solid processes of practice, our mission is to provide our patients a level of care not often found in the American medical system.

Our three tenets of deliberate practice are a superior level of care, education, and advocacy for our patients.


We are accepting new patients in our Venice, Florida, location.

Our mission is to provide a medical option of cannabis to help alleviate the suffering of our patients. We believe in the use of cannabis and it’s derivatives as a successful therapeutic device.

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Quick Facts About Cannabis

Interesting and True

  • There are no recorded deaths as a result of cannabis over-consumption.
  • The lethal dose of marijuana has never been quantified because it is so high and humanly impossible to achieve but is estimated at over 1500 pounds in 15 minutes.
  • There are no serious lasting side effects. There are certainly risks and side-effects to consuming marijuana but they are more mild than those of most prescription drugs.
  • Side-effects generally subside in 45-minutes to an hour for inhaled cannabis and 6-8 hours for ingested cannabis depending on your body chemistry.
  • Smoking marijuana does NOT cause lung cancer. In fact there is substantial research that smoking cannabis indicates a preventative effect on lung cancer.
  • Dr. Donald Tashkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine & Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at UCLA has reported that chronic marijuana smokers have a lower risk of lung cancer, followed by the group of chronic cannabis and tobacco smokers, then non-smokers, and of course tobacco only smokers were last with the highest risk for lung cancer.
  • Cannabis does not interfere with your other medications.
  • Cannabis does not have to be smoked. Intake methods include vaporization, eaten in food, taken under the tongue or swallowed as a tincture, oil or even juiced.
  • Smoked or vaporized cannabis enters the blood immediately. You can feel the impact immediately – often within seconds.
  • Cannabis supports the body as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and a vasodialator.
  • Cannabis is one of the most pharmacologically active plants on the planet with over 400 different active chemicals.
  • The active components of cannabis exist within a tiny crystal-like structure on the plant surface called a trichome.
  • Trichomes are most dense on the flower or bud. Leaves will have 25% of the density found on the bud.
  • THC is the psychotropic component of cannabis and must be heated to become active.
  • Cannabis, has two sub-species that are most commonly used for medical marijuana. They are Cannabis indica L and Cannabis sativa Lam.
  • Cannabis indica is known and used for its sedative and relaxing properties effective in treating medical issues like anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. Indica often causes drowsiness, which is why many prefer to take it at night.
  • Cannabis sativa strains are more stimulating and are often preferred for day use as they deliver a more psychoactive energetic-mind-high. This effect is caused by the higher THC levels in sativas than indicas.
  • George Washington grew marijuana. Washington wrote in letters on more than one occasion that he grew marijuana: “Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late … Pulling up the (male) help. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month.” Many today suspect he smoked weed to alleviate the pain caused by his 18th century dentures.
  • The Jamestown colony in 1619 passed legislation FORCING settlers to grow cannabis. Hemp was a mainstream cash crop that was used to make rope, fabric and ship sails. It was literally against the law not to grow it.
  • Suicide rates have dropped in Colorado since its legalization. According to the study: “Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5% reduction in total suicide rate, an 11% reduction in the suicide rate of age 20-29 males, and a 9% reduction in the suicide rate of 30-39 males.”

Our Staff

The Leaders In Clinical Cannabis Therapy

Barry Gordon, MD

Chief Physician

A 1981 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Gordon spent 32 years of his career practicing emergency medicine within some of [...]

Patricia Gordon

Office Administrator

The smiling face you see when you walk in our doors belongs to Patricia. As office administrator, she is responsible for the day to day operation of b [...]

Patrick DeLuca

Executive Director

A native of Akron, Ohio, Patrick spent nearly 15 years as a radio broadcaster in Northeastern Ohio. During his tenure on the air, he strongly advocate [...]

Personalized patient care and education we provide is what sets the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic of Venice apart. When you visit our convenient location off of I-75 and Jacaranda in Venice, you can expect to receive world class care. Our expert physician specialist and caring clinical staff will provide you with an exceptional health care experience.

Working Hours

MONDAY 10:00a-6:00p
TUESDAY 12:00p-9:00p
WEDNESDAY 10:00a-6:00p
THURSDAY 10:00a-6:00p
FRIDAY 10:00a-6:00p


Since cannabis is still prohibited at the Federal level, we do not accept insurance.

Florida’s new law now requires a “certification” visit each 210 days, or twice per year. The cost for those visits is $250 each. For patients requiring closer supervision of their treatment, the physician may order additional office visits, priced at $100 each. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and cash are accepted.

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