Mainers have medical marijuana advice for Mass.

December 26th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

(NECN: Amy Sinclair) – On Jan. 1, Massachusetts will become the 18th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The Department of Public Health will then have another year to figure out how the program will work and to license at least 14, but no more than 35, non-profit treatment centers.

Medical marijuana is already legal in Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island, but the most established program in New England is in the state of Maine.

Dr. Dustin Sulak, an osteopath who practices in both Hallowell and Falmouth, is one of the state’s leading advocates.  

“The demand for it is huge, and it’s because we’re getting great results,” says Sulak.

Sulak and other Maine physicians can certify patients for marijuana use if they have one of the qualifying conditions outlined in the state law. That includes cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease and chronic pain.

Sgt. Ryan Begin of Montville, Maine went to see Sulak for chronic pain stemming from an injury sustained from a bomb explosion in Iraq in 2004. Begin, who smokes between four and seven joints per day, says he prefers marijuana to the heavy narcotics that were presribed for him at the VA hospital.

“I can think better now. I feel good about my life and I take zero pills,” Begin says.

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