Monday, January 3, 2011

Who is Using Medical Marijuana?

Shops selling marijuana in Denver outnumber all of the Starbucks in Colorado. Politicians have liberalized state marijuana laws in the guise of helping sick people. We were led to believe that it would be the dying cancer patient or someone with a debilitating medical condition who would be using medical marijuana.

With no surprise to many, it’s young guys who represent most of the card carrying medical marijuana users. In a recent letter-to-the-editor in the Denver Post, Dr. Jeffrey Sippel points out that “Seventy percent of registered users are males between the ages of 25 and 34, not coincidentally society’s demographic with the highest substance abuse rate.” He goes on to say that “Ninety percent of cards have been issued for a diagnosis of severe chronic pain, yet no mechanism exists to document that such patients have had appropriate conventional treatment, including non-pharmacological modalities such as physical therapy.” Here is a link to his letter and another good one.

So basically we are being scammed and young people are going to suffer for it.

I took the above picture today in front on one of the pot shops in my neighborhood. I’m not surprised that the guy they have waving the sign is the demographic of their usual customer.

I hope something is done to slow down this scam before we reap the whirlwind from it.

Philip

2 comments:

  1. I love that "strains" is Spelled wrong on his sign.

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  2. That's funny. I hadn't even paid attention to that. Maybe I should stop and tell him tomorrow.

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