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!