Coalition calls for increased access to medical marijuana for patients – WCSH

December 13th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »



FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A coalition of legislators, care givers and patients are supporting legislation that seeks to abolish a list of approved conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed, saying doctors should have the ability to decide who would benefit from the drug.

“The best people positioned to make medical decisions about the patient are in fact the patient and his or her doctor,” stated representative Mark Dion, who plans on submitting a bill to the legislature that would allow doctors to decide what illnesses or conditions should be treated through the use of marijuana.

“This is a safe medicine.  It is an effective medicine. We want to be able to bring it to more people, not just the severely ill,” explained Dr. Dustin Sulak, an advocate for the proposed legislation. 

“The list of conditions under which I was operating was limited, and didn’t make a lot of sense from a medical perspective,” he added.  “Of course, under any other medical treatment, it is the physician’s ability to evaluate the risks, the benefits, and the particular individual situation of the patient.”

Not everyone agrees the law needs to be changed.  The Maine Medical Association (MMA), which represents more than 3600 Maine physicians and medical professionals, says marijuana is different from most drugs doctors prescribe, because it is

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