Two resolutions proposed to the Vermont Medical Society’s annual November meeting may present an obstacle for the trend of medical and recreational cannabis legalization in Vermont.

One resolution proposes that warning labels be added to medical marijuana products and would restrict the conditions by which medical marijuana is prescribed.  Many members of the Vermont Medical Society feel that there is a lack of scientific and medical evidence to support medical marijuana as a cure or alleviation for many currently accepted conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. “The more people label it as medical or something that’s legalized, the less wary people are going to be,” stated Dr. Geoffrey Kane, Brattleboro Retreat’s chief of addiction services.

The other resolution comes out against the push to legalize marijuana recreationally. This “really developed from a lot of physicians seeing a side from marijuana use that probably the public doesn’t see,” said Dr. David Rettew, a pediatric psychiatrist at the University of Vermont Medical Center who co-authored the proposed resolutions alongside Dr. Catherine Antley, a South Burlington-based dermatopathologist, and Dr. John Hughes, UVM’s addiction specialist.

In addition to keeping cannabis an illegal controlled substance, the resolution would band together state agencies and physicians to educate both children and adults on the alleged negative health effects of consuming cannabis. While the resolution necessitates the research of costs associated with the current cannabis decriminalization, it also proposes research on the future ways that legalizing cannabis could potentially affect the taxpayers of Vermont, such as the cost of healthcare, emergency room visits, lost productivity, and law enforcement.

Matt Simon, political director for Marijuana Policy Project of Washington D.C., theorizes that the proposal essentially calls for a return to prohibition and ignores many potential fiscal and social benefits of legalization. “Prohibition has not been effective policy from a public health perspective,” Simon said.

The two proposed resolutions will be discussed and voted on during the Medical Society’s annual membership meeting on November 4, from 9-11 am at the Woodstock Inn.

 

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  1. This has come to my attention and I need to speak about it.

    “One resolution proposes that warning labels be added to medical marijuana products and would restrict the conditions by which medical marijuana is prescribed.  Many members of the Vermont Medical Society feel that there is a lack of scientific and medical evidence to support medical marijuana as a cure or alleviation for many currently accepted conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. “The more people label it as medical or something that’s legalized, the less wary people are going to be,” stated Dr. Geoffrey Kane, Brattleboro Retreat’s chief of addiction services.”

    How dare a so called doctor who takes an oath to “do no harm” and without doing proper research into the efficacy and benefits of cannabis decide it should remain a prohibited illegal substance. To be a doctor and be so small minded about a plant that IS being researched and IS curing and/or comforting people with various maladies they should be ashamed.

    There are literally thousands of peer reviewed studies showing the healing effects of cannabis, including curing cancer, also the amazing benefits to people with PTSD or other mental health issues. Just look at what Israel is doing with cannabis or Charlotte’s Web in Colorado! How dare they challenge that! Try asking someone who has been cured or is reaping the benefits of cannabis and then tell them they’re lying.

    What is wrong with some people in the medical community that they are so close minded that they don’t even do the research? You can’t call yourself a person of science if you are not open to new ideas, new hypothesis, and new treatment. I can show you studies from the NIH, and other reputable institutions that have proven the miraculous powers of this plant, so how dare you challenge that.

    Cannabis has been around and used medicinally for thousands of years but all of a sudden it’s being challenged as a useless dangerous drug? Fact: there has NEVER been a death from cannabis unlike modern prescription drugs that I have no doubt the above named doctor has prescribed many, many times, which has more likely than not resulted in death. The doctor in the article works in an addiction treatment center, who ironically, more than likely has prescribed a deadly substance such as methadone, I can produce studies and articles on the dangers and deaths that drug has caused even when taken as prescribed. So unless it’s about losing revenue, profits and kickbacks from drug companies to this and other doctors, let people heal and cure themselves with the plant that has proven itself for thousands of years with no ill effect. And as far as recreational use read my statements over and understand it hurts no one unless there is some intent to do so.

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