Why I’m having such a hard time taking #Cannabis17 seriously

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Thanks to medical cannabis, outstanding mental health treatment, and my sobriety, I have learned to manage PTSD triggers.

With God, above all else. I’m the furthest thing from a 12-stepper (I find it predatory and mean) but I am a very religious man.

As I was about to explode from a comment made at #Cannabis17 (they are not friends of those who choose cannabis as medicine, by the way, and I knew that going in), instead I reached to disconnect from the Internet.

But, God beat me to it, and now I have no internet connection at all again. So, I logged off to write this. I do intend to view all sessions from the conference in their entirety tomorrow, assuming my internet is working.

What comment made me so angry?

Dr. Jonathan Caulkins told this group that, based on his research, only 2 percent of marijuana users are “controlled users,” meaning they don’t use it at work, and only use it 10 out of 30 days.

How in the hell can you be a controlled user as a medical cannabis patient with that definition? You can’t.

Stigma!

He goes on to make the argument that medical cannabis is a sham, that the marijuana companies don’t care about sick people and that it’s really all about the almighty dollar.

Read more: For people with PTSD, CBD from medical cannabis sometimes is their only hope

Of course, it is. But don’t be so irresponsible as to discount the benefits of medical cannabis, we’re all quite tired of that.

Pharma churns out addicts every day – opioids, benzodiazepines – and they do it with the help of the medical establishment. Then, doctors prescribe patients “maintenance drugs” of these same harsh, dangerous substances.

It’s a joke! Yes, they need the drugs or they’ll die. But who created that problem?

Give. Me. A. Break.

Read more: How I got off benzos with medical cannabis and got sober again

Pharma is far, far, far, far (should I type a million of them?) more covert, evil, powerful, shady, wealthy, and buying politicians every single day. I apologize to my former Fortune 500 healthcare clients, but it’s the truth, and all of America knows it.

I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I say what I know to be true.  I may not even live to see tomorrow. As someone with PTSD who has been heavily triggered for a week, I live in fear for my life every day. And rightly so after what I have been through, I’m not “crazy.”

Medical cannabis helps.

The total disregard of medical cannabis and the research supporting it by the medical establishment is so alarming I fear for our country.

Stern, others far more powerful than “reefer madness” minority

They are going to have no choice but to fall into line, however, and Dr. Caulkins essentially explained that to this group of mental health professionals, one visibly angry in her comments.

But Caulkins also gave my high school class president and the owner of my medical cannabis dispensary – Matthew Stern – a gigantic compliment, whether he knew it or not.

Matt is sure to become a “Ganjapreneur” (nod to the magazine) based on what Dr. Caulkins said.

And he also made an awesome and important analogy that this crowd probably would not have otherwise understood or listened to, so I shouldn’t be so hard on the guy. In fact, I give him props.

He said that the smartest business model in cannabis is to buy a big parcel with a small building on it. I had to giggle, as Nature’s Treatment of Illinois in Milan is EXACTLY that. With the already-erected, massive Budweiser distributorship that Matt owns next door. I often say, at some point in America, it may become booze out, pot in. Perhaps the distributorship will become a cultivation center!

Read more: The first day I legally bought pot in the friendly village of Milan, Ill.

However, Dr. Caulkins made the point to the crowd, at least the way I saw it, that they will best be served to also erect their tiny, closed-minded house on a large field that will allow room for growth.

I’d like to think it should work both ways, but…no. We’ve been told “Our way, or the highway” by the medical establishment on this matter our entire lives.

By the way, Dr. Caulkins is THE authority on illegal drugs. His job, officially or not, is to make sure the country remains lawful as it transitions to a cannabis free-for-all like Pharma has (they are regulated, sure…lol…and powerful). So, in that regard, I have the utmost respect for him.

Dr. Caulkins, please look into illegal organized drug crime in Rock Island County. I’ll bet you find something! But I don’t think it will be marijuana. Heck, it’s probably everything, but the more market share Stern gets, the less powerful the mafia will be in that regard. Yeah, I have no problem at all calling it that.

From Caulkins’ LinkedIn profile:

“My primary research expertise is quantitative modeling of the effectiveness of drug control strategies and also associated issues (crime, violence, prevention, counter-terror, etc.). With co-authors, I just published a book on marijuana legalization, to follow up last year’s book (Drugs & Drug Policy, Oxford U Press). A longer-range project is obtaining new high-frequency data series that will help me discover insights into the operation of illegal markets.”

Dr. Caulkins said marijuana supporters are “rabid.” Even more so than boozers, he pointed out. Boozers is my word.

Yes, Dr. Caulkins, we are! Most people who have been lied to and hurt by powerful people and denied basic human rights, such as consumptions of a plant, are. Don’t get me started on why I have PTSD.

Read more: What happened to me in the Rock Island County Jail? Finally, my tell-all (full book coming fall 2018!)

#Cannabis17 is sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health. It’s important that you know who they are and where they stand in the context of my coverage for the rest of the week.

What is the National Council for Behavioral Health? From their press release alerting me to #Cannabis17:

“The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council helped introduce Mental Health First Aid USA and more than (a) million Americans have been trained.”

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