Forum promotes benefits of medical marijuana

Posted Sept. 23, 2011, at 8:47 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 23, 2011, at 9:27 a.m.

The Portland Press Herald today reports on an educational forum about the medical benefits of marijuana and upcoming changes to Maine’s medical marijuana law . The event was sponsored by the Falmouth-based Integr8 Health LLC, a medical practice that specializes in the use of medical marijuana. Practice founder Dr. Dustin Sulak was one of the presenters at the forum.

“Sulak said the most common condition he treats is chronic pain. Rather than take addictive opiates such as oxycodone, Sulak said, his patients seem to respond better to medicinal marijuana.

He has prescribed marijuana for patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and Hepatitis C. It decreases the intensity of the chronic pain associated with those diseases, Sulak said, and research is beginning to show that it can be used to treat diseases.

When Sulak showed a slide of Jamaican reggae musicians Peter Tosh and Bob Marley alongside rock musician Mick Jagger — they all sported broad smiles — the audience burst into laughter.

‘Marijuana can increase a person’s enjoyment of life,” Sulak said. “It can inspire people to do things with their life that they normally would not do. And it can affect their creativity.’ “

Among other things, changes taking effect next week eliminate the need for medical marijuana users to register with the state and disclose their qualifying medical conditions, although they still will be required to carry their doctor’s marijuana treatment recommendation.

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