click to enlarge Melissa Mullen Photography Dustin Sulak More than two decades after California legalized medical cannabis, the debate still rages about its health benefits. On one hand, nearly every state in the country has legalized some form of a medical marijuana program. And several states — Vermont included — have legalized recreational adult use of the drug.
But on the other hand, the federal government still considers weed a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Dr. Dustin Sulak is a firm believer in medical marijuana.
The Maine-based osteopathic physician has long believed in cannabis as a medicine and happens to live in a state that legalized medical weed in 1999. But the Pine Tree State had not authorized medical cannabis dispensaries until 2009, when residents voted to expand the program. That was also the year that Sulak first opened his private practice.
“I wasn’t planning on making medical cannabis my career — it kind of took over my career,” Sulak said in a phone