Jessilyn Dolan, a registered nurse, stands next to a “Critical Mass” strain of cannabis she grows at her greenhouse in Chittenden County as part of a cancer patient’s medical treatment. The ratio of THC to CBD in the plant is approximately 1:1, she says. Photographed June 24, 2018.(Photo: COURTESY)
Vermont’s embrace of legal, recreational cannabis has left the medical establishment in the dust, says a Burlington-based neurologist.
“The scientific literature on marijuana is in flux,” Joseph McSherry said, noting that his opinions are his own and don’t represent UVM College of Medicine, where he teaches. “Since 1942, cannabis has been considered a forbidden, evil substance.”
Most doctors in the region abide by research steered by prohibition, McSherry said.
Indeed, officials at the Vermont Department of Health and at the state’s largest hospital keep mum when it comes to advice for the pot-for-fun crowd.
“In the absence of definitive clinical findings, many doctors at the University of Vermont Medical Center are reluctant to weigh in publicly with blanket statements about recreational cannabis,” explained Annie Mackin, communications strategist