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About Leafwell

Leafwell is a telehealth platform focusing on getting people their medical marijuana cards and physician’s medical cannabis certificates / recommendations as simply and easily as possible. There are also many people living in remote and underserved communities who need the ability to see a physician, and online consultations are a great way to provide this!


State laws regarding medical marijuana can vary widely, and even specific cities, counties and jurisdictions are allowed to disallow cannabis retailers should they choose to do so. Cannabis is also federally illegal, meaning there is a lot of mismatch in regulatory requirements from state-to-state.


Leafwell wants to help make navigating this landscape easier. Whether it’s getting a physician’s letter & medical marijuana card, understanding the science behind cannabis, getting to grips with the laws in various states, or gaining some insight into cannabis culture & economics, we here at Leafwell want to help where we can.

What Makes Cannabis Medicine?


Cannabis is one of the most versatile medicines available. It could quite literally be called a “pharmacy in a plant”. The cannabis plant contains up to 150 cannabinoids, over 200 terpenes and 20 discovered flavonoids so far, many of which can be used together (the entourage effect) to help treat a huge number of conditions & symptoms, including chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and many others. These cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids work together to work on not only the endocannabinoid system (ECS), but other receptor systems like serotonin, dopamine, opioid and norepinephrine receptors as well. Moreover, cannabis does all of this without


Cannabinoids & terpenes have the potential to be a very safe and effective medication and could help reduce the need for many far more harmful and/or addictive prescription medications, including opioids, benzodiazepines and NSAIDs. The ECS is also fundamentally involved in homeostasis and inflammatory processes. Learning how the ECS is involved in the etiology of diseases, illnesses and injuries could help us treat a wide number of health problems, and restore the body to a balanced state.


The problem? Cannabis’ Schedule I federal status prevents it and its cannabinoids from being studied easily. It is reasonable to believe that different sets of cannabinoids work best for different conditions and different physiologies. Leafwell is dedicated to finding out which sets of cannabinoids & terpenes are effective for different people and their health issues. We feel that the best way to do this is by looking at what research already exists out there, and even committing to research ourselves. By coming to us, you are meeting a team of people who genuinely believe in the medical power of cannabis, and who will advise you on the best course of action regarding your medicine.


Where Can Leafwell Provide Online Medical Marijuana Consultations & Certifications / Recommendations?


If you are new to cannabis and considering getting a physician’s cannabis certificate, or just want to find a simple way to renew your current medical marijuana card, Leafwell can help you.


You can speak to a licensed physician online via our very own telehealth platform and get your medical cannabis certificate or recommendation in the following states:



In most medical marijuana states, photographic ID produced by the state, proof of residence (usually 2 forms of proof within the last 2 months) and medical records are required to qualify. Occasionally, a passport-style photograph as well. It is recommended that you keep these to hand before any appointments to make processing your medical marijuana card application easier and quicker. You will also need a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone) with a working camera and microphone,


Can Leafwell Provide Offline and In-Person Medical Marijuana Consultations?


Whilst not all states allow for medical cannabis qualification online via telehealth, you can still book an appointment through Leafwell in any state with a medical marijuana program. This will likely take place in-person when possible to do so, although follow-up appointments may take place online via telehealth if allowed. You will likely meet the physician at a clinic, and a physical examination may be required.

Meet the team

Black & White Photo of Dr. Lewis Jassey, Medical Director & Pediatrician at Leafwell
Dr. Lewis Jassey Medical Director, Pediatric Medicine

Dr. Lewis Jassey has been a pediatrician over the last 25 years, run a practice of 15,000 patients and been on staff at five major hospitals for over two decades. Dr. Jassey has carved a niche for himself successfully working with patients on the spectrum, as well as patients with a variety of mental health issues. He lectures on a national level, with expertise in pharmacogenetics and pharmacology. Black & White photograph, Dr. Steven Salzman, Medical Director, Adult Medicine
Dr. Steven Salzman Medical Director, Adult Medicine

Dr. Steven Salzman has been a practicing trauma surgeon and trauma intensivist for over 20 years. He has gained unprecedented experience treating patients with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and complex pain syndromes. He has integral faculty involvement in resident and fellow education at hospitals where he is on staff and sits on a number of philanthropic and outreach boards.

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Dr. George Gavrilos Chief Pharmacy Officer

Dr. George Gavrilos is a practicing cardiac critical care pharmacist, specializing in mechanical circulatory support. He is adjunct faculty at schools of pharmacy in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and currently serves as Director of Post-Graduate Year 1 Residency Training at the hospital where he is on staff. His particular cannabis-related research interests include the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of cannabis and enzymatic drug-drug interactions.

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Emily Fisher Founder

Emily is an entrepreneur and medical cannabis patient. In 2016 she began working with medical clinics in California and met with hundreds of patients who used cannabis to help them in their daily lives. Fascinated by its effectiveness and versatility as a medicine, she realized more research and education was needed to help patients. In 2019, Emily founded Leafwell, which aims to improve patient access through telemedicine.

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Jenna Kioussis Patient Care Services Director

Jenna Kioussis’s diverse healthcare background is a welcomed addition to the Leafwell team. As Director of Patient Care Services, Jenna oversees Leafwell’s care delivery model, and evaluates opportunities to optimize the patient care experience. She has been instrumental in establishing outreach and educational programs with providers and advocacy groups across the country, and can be credited for creating many of the care tools used by providers in Leafwell MD clinics to help patients through their care journeys.

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Dipak Hemraj Chief Research Officer

Dipak Hemraj is a published author, grower, product maker and Leafwell’s resident cannabis expert. From botany & horticulture to culture & economics, he wishes to help educate the public on why cannabis is medicine (or a “pharmacy in a plant”) and how it can be used to treat a plethora of health problems. Dipak wants to unlock the power of the plant, and see if there are specific cannabinoid-terpene-flavonoid profiles suitable for different conditions.

We believe in research.
We believe in science.
We believe in empowering you with information.

We dedicate much of our time to researching the cannabis plant’s medical potential and the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Whether it’s scientific studies, patient stories or good old-fashioned detective work, one of our missions is to solve the puzzle that is Cannabis sativa (as well as the subtypes Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis) and what it is truly useful for.

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Help us forward our understanding of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system and be part of much-needed research.


Share your story or sign up for a patient study today, which will include a series of questionnaires over time to see how effective cannabis is for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!