You have to read this link and then ponder, what the hell were voters thinking when they put their trust and management in the hands of addicts and blatant profiteers?:
This is my favorite part of the article:
“Optimistic projections assumed users of medical marijuana, legal in the state since 2000, would switch to recreational marijuana, to avoid the hassle and cost of seeing a doctor. Instead, the number of red cards hasincreased slightly because medical pot is far more lightly taxed, and hence roughly 40 percent cheaper, than recreational. For heavy users, that adds up. LoDo distributes advertisements for $55 red-card consultations at theCanna Health Clinic; “pay less in taxes,” they urge.
In economic parlance, this is known as “regulatory arbitrage.” The failure to have anticipated it makes the continuation of medical pot “the biggest challenge” for the new system, according to Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver law school.
Meanwhile, millions in marijuana revenue may be refunded anyway, under Colorado’s unique constitutional provision that requires the government to give back money when state revenue growth exceeds the rate of inflation plus population growth.
No one knows exactly what to do about that or many other issues that have cropped up — such as the persistence of the untaxed black market or how to measure the impairment of pot-using motorists.
Colorado could eliminate the medical-recreational distinction. If the latter is available, why keep the former? But then people would have to admit that the vast majority of “medical” usage is, and always was, recreational. The likes of Canna Health Clinic would be put out of business, too.”
And there it is, how much of recreational pot use is being manipulated as “medical need”. Frankly, I find this exercise in just promoting extremes to be so pathetic and irresponsible, but, isn’t that what addicts want, the population to be uninvested and inattentive, so the abuse can go unhindered?
I’ll write more about this and other poor choices for this post, but just to get it started, wanted to note the Pot Lobby is not interested in doing what is right and just, but what is quick and easy, and oh, if people get hurt, what is it the guy says to Peter Parker in the first “Spiderman” movie, when he won’t pay Parker for winning the wrestling match after Parker tells him he needs the money?
“I forgot the part where that is my problem”
Wow, how prophetic!
Addendums to follow…
Addendum #1, October 25: Let’s start with the loser who commented here yesterday, who must be an addict and was so outraged by my link to the dopers masquerading as medically in need stoners. Well, is it so surprising to people who are wary that being stoned has no consequences? Of course not, but, the Addict Lobby, forget just the Pot Lobby for a minute, rationalize, minimize, deny, and project their poor choices to no end, and that isn’t just about illicits either, no, the nicotine and caffeine crowd have their problems too.
How many providers out there are more than annoyed with the people coming in who are smoking two packs a day, or drinking a pot or more of coffee or perhaps living at Starbucks all day and then bitching to no end how they can’t sleep. Umm, here’s your reality check to such nicotine/caffeine addicts, you train your body to get that nicotine fix every 30 minutes or less, and expect to sleep six straight hours, or, think that consuming 1000 mg or more of caffeine well into the evening will not impede on sleep, sorry to use this poor adage, but WAKE UP!
But, getting back to the addicts of more consequential matters, people who are on benzos, stimulants, and opiates by your less than attentive physicians, how dare you come in and complain not only you are still struggling, but you want even more of the substances that are enhancing your dysfunction. And to the lame providers who just upping the ante of more meds, more dosages, and more drug interactions, please look up Iatrogenic illness, please. Because you are textbook examples of the definition when you have your patients on Xanax, Adderall, and your opiate du jour. Plus, opiates and stimulants are just Speed Balling, and we all know how well that goes for street addicts.
When you are on substances of dependency, even if not abusing or misusing, learn what tolerance and withdrawal mean. It might lessen some of your struggles, and perhaps end some of them as well.
Oh, and Steve, don’t waste my time with any further comments, we get it you are basically subconsciously killing yourself either by directly abusing or supporting substance abuse, so have a moment of sobriety or distance from enabling and as Obi Wan told the guy in the Cantino scene early in the movie “Attack of the Clones”, go home and rethink your life!
Addendum #2 October 25: Man, you read some really lame crap in both psychiatric and the general press, but these two, boy…
First this article by William Martens MD, in this month’s Psych Times, but, is being reprinted after first appearing in 2006, because, it is “…one of the best read articles.” Really, do you believe this, that clinicians want to read how, per the conclusion by the author, “It is extremely important to recognize hidden suffering, loneliness, and lack of self esteem as risk factors for violent, criminal behavior in psychopaths.” And yet, where are all these experts and defenders of the lack of care for these psychopaths? Telling us to work with these people, and then when one walks into the office and shoots to death a clinician, then what, we are to chastise the psychiatrist forced to shoot the psychopath, when instead he did not invite him to sit and share his loneliness and lack of self esteem???
Am I the only psychiatrist out here in the real world honestly asking, “What the hell is going on here with colleagues telling us to be more sensitive to psychopaths!?” Another example of poor choices, this time by providers, and then acting so outraged and stunned when the reality of the situation plays out because too many of us foolishly listen to this crap.
Well, here is a link about Dr Marten’s book, and then the Psych Times article as best I can link:
And then I read in last week’s THE WEEK magazine about this idiot psychologist advising people in emotional pain just take an aspirin for relief and treatment:
You can’t make this crap up, really; “It was once thought that only time could mend a broken heart, but now scientists think popping a couple of aspirin might be the best way to get over a break-up.
Psychology Professor Water Mischel, of Columbia University, believes that the psychological pain of ending a relationship is similar to physical pain, and should be treated like any other injury.
He also believes that discussing feelings with friends will only increase depression and advises keeping brooding to a minimum.
“When we speak about rejection experiences in terms of physical pain, it is not just a metaphor – the broken heart and emotional pain really do hurt in a physical way,” he said.
“When you look at a picture of the one who broke your heart, you experience a pain in a similar area of the brain which is activated when you burn your arm.
“‘Take two aspirins and call me in the morning’ would be a cold-hearted response to a friend’s late-night report of fresh heartbreak, but it has a solid basis in the research.” “
Fascinating it is noted by a psychologist. Again, people making bad choices, and then watch and listen to the outrage when it is called on for the sheer lunacy of what is being espoused as gospel.
I’d laugh, but this is honest belief by the above providers here.
Stay tuned for Tomorrow the 26th, more to relate, or rant, or just rail…
Addendum #3(and last), October 26: Last, getting back to general psychiatric care issues, I really do not understand, as of what we know the past 2 or more decades at least, why people come into the office and bemoan their struggles when they have to accept the statistical outcomes of choice to:
leave high school early
stay in conflictual, hostile, and downright abusive relations, not just marital
pursue disability for very treatable problems of depression, anxiety, and PTSD
deny the need to make change, irregardless of issues.
And one more issue, that is very gray and instinctively right and appropriate to be involved, those who are 24/7 caregivers to elderly family members or long term developmentally disordered young, and yet refuse making a more concerted effort to get others to be a support not only to the infirmed, but to the primary caregiver who is getting burnt out.
I fully understand and respect that making changes and getting out of the hole these above matters create is a long term effort, and those coming in who show some insight and judgment to pursue change are often not the struggle for me as a provider. But, those who present these issues and then not only are annoyed I don’t have the magic pill, but get more annoyed, irritable, if not downright angry when I ask what they are doing to impact on improvement by considering different choices and actions is just absurd to observe.
I think I get it, people are dealt a poor hand sometimes and have a great struggle to progress positively, but, to dismiss the foundations to make healthy and enduring change for the better, how do you help that? Are some people this clueless to think there are drugs to improve life? That taking a pill is going to magically educate, empower, and stimulate responsible and effective behaviors and goals?? That there are easy answers to difficult problems???
Again, as I have written before, if I had a drug that improved insight and judgment, we as mental health care providers would be out of work. And, that drug ain’t bein’ found soon, I can fairly guarantee that. So, to end this post where it really belongs, in the laps of many therapists out there, you meet with patients who have made poor choices and can’t get on track, why the hell do you send them to doctors for quick fixes that seems to be a major factor to why they are entrenched in misery and pain?
Gee, maybe because too many therapists out there are making equally poor choices as well, so how can you as patients turn to support from those who can’t even handle the job responsibilities? Think about that when you go to providers out there who claim to know how to care and support. And then ask you to go on meds, as your life is simply a biological imbalance
And now, the rant is over.
(again, sorry the sign is late)