Vermont physicians propose go-slow approach on pot legalization

On the heels of a legislative session in which Vermont lawmakers expanded the state’s medical marijuana program and nearly legalized the drug, the Vermont Medical Society may soon reaffirm its opposition to legalization.

And some physicians, including two specialists at the University of Vermont Medical Center, have proposed adding warning labels to medical marijuana and aim to restrict its use to conditions for which it has been proven to be safe and effective.

The authors of two proposed resolutions — one concerning legalization and the second focused on medical marijuana — that are up for consideration at the Vermont Medical Society’s annual meeting next month cite concerns about the threat marijuana poses to public health and the lack of scientific evidence for the use of marijuana to treat certain conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which the Legislature in June added to the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions....

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