Medical marijuana doctor expands to Falmouth

June 25th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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Medical marijuana doctor expands to Falmouth

Physicians reluctant to recommend the treatment are sending patients to Dr. Dustin Sulak.

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

FALMOUTH – Dr. Dustin Sulak would like to have more competition, but at the moment he’s one of few physicians in Maine to readily certify patients for medical marijuana use.

Dr. Dustin Sulak, shown in his Falmouth office, typically recommends treatments beyond cannabis, including vitamin D, turmeric or milk thistle supplements.

Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

His osteopathic practice in Hallowell is booming as a result, drawing patients from Kittery to Fort Kent, so Sulak opened an office here last month at 170 U.S. Route 1.

Patients seeking medical marijuana certification must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition under Maine law, such as cancer, glaucoma or chronic pain. With Sulak, they also must undergo a 45-minute evaluation of their overall health and expect him to recommend treatments beyond cannabis, such as vitamin D, turmeric or milk thistle supplements.

“They usually leave with more than one recommendation,” Sulak said. “I’ve devoted my life to helping people and healing people. Medical marijuana is just the biggest demand right now.”

Sulak’s expansion comes as

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