Medical marijuana: More privacy, fewer controls

October 20th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 10:31 PM
Updated: 11:10 PM

Medical marijuana: More privacy, fewer controls

Lax limits raise fears of doctor shopping and make it impossible to track the number of legitimate users

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Two years ago, Sharon Gagne of Greenbush discovered she had two herniated disks in her neck. Her doctor told her surgery was not an option and instead encouraged physical therapy and prescribed a painkiller.

Glenn Lewis smokes medical marijuana in his Manchester home Oct. 9, while recovering from surgery. Both he and his wife, Catherine, sustained what have become recurring injuries after a car crash many years ago, and they treat the injuries with medical marijuana.

Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Dr. Dustin Sulak speaks with a reporter at his Falmouth practice. Sulak, an osteopath who also has a practice in Hallowell, has become known statewide for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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“I didn’t like that,” she said. “I know too many people who got hooked.”

Gagne, 44, eventually asked about other options. Her doctor referred her to Dr. Dustin Sulak, an osteopath who has become known throughout Maine for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana. Gagne’s physician sent her medical records to Sulak, who then spoke twice on the phone with Gagne.

Without ever having met her face to face, Sulak certified Gagne as a medical

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