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Old 11-06-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I know someone in CA that got a dispensary card through a doctor's recommendation. The doctor's usually charge around $150., per year.
Then you can legally buy it. The stores in Sacramento (he says) are very clean with several glass cases for display and areas to smoke. Usually surrounded by a fenced yard with security guards. Some places you could drive by and not even notice them. Others are in strip malls. The prices are on the expensive side. But there are usually dozens of different qualities and strengths, including brownies. That's all I know. Never been inside a dispensary.

A neighboring town, Roseville, gave the dispensaries a hard time. Wanted them to move, shut down, etc. I haven't read much about it the last year or so. Perhaps the new administration is making it less culpable for them.

As msina says, In the BDN today, there was an article about Los Angeles dispensaries poping up everywhere. With some insight on the pros and cons. And the $5000. fee would in my opinion be a very good deal for the owners of these places in Maine including the growing operations.

From my own experience, I haven't seen much of a problem with the actual stores or growing operations. Just government ambivalence, lack of oversight and inconsistency within towns and counties. I know that it is working for those that actually need the stuff. I just don't know what percentage is sold in these dispensaries for the ones that just enjoy it but really don't need it. That's the debate I guess. That and even having it available at all.

 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Before you know it, we'll have every deadbeat already on welfare, crazy checks and Mainecare receiving their buzz on our dime. We already pay the Methadone junkies 41 cents a mile to hitch hike to the clinic for their daily dose. Gives 'em the extra income for high gravity beer and ciggs!
That's disgusting and an embarrassment.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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That's disgusting and an embarrassment.

Thank you
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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That's disgusting and an embarrassment.
They don't even pay jurors anymore ($10.00 a day!) but they pay junkies to hitch hike to methadone clinics? More brilliant liberal thinking at work.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Maine
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They don't even pay jurors anymore ($10.00 a day!) but they pay junkies to hitch hike to methadone clinics? More brilliant liberal thinking at work.
Such compassion is just heartwarming!
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Such compassion is just heartwarming!
Peace, love, and flowers man. It's always easy to give away someone else's money isn't it? Skru the junkies. I have no compassion for people, who by their own doing, fall in to drug addiction. Cold turkey works too.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Peace, love, and flowers man. It's always easy to give away someone else's money isn't it? Skru the junkies. I have no compassion for people, who by their own doing, fall in to drug addiction. Cold turkey works too.

I respectfully disagree and blame the docs for continuing to write the scripts. We've all seen the power of addiction, the docs see it too when the patient returns and says his current dosage is no longer working for him. The doc in turn increases the dosage and continues to write the scripts. There are now more progressive ways to deal with pain mgmt than writing another script to someone you already know is addicted to the drug. IMO, in this day and age if a doc is still writing scripts for commonly known addictive pain killers, pull their license.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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I respectfully disagree and blame the docs for continuing to write the scripts. We've all seen the power of addiction, the docs see it too when the patient returns and says his current dosage is no longer working for him. The doc in turn increases the dosage and continues to write the scripts. There are now more progressive ways to deal with pain mgmt than writing another script to someone you already know is addicted to the drug. IMO, in this day and age if a doc is still writing scripts for commonly known addictive pain killers, pull their license.
I agree. I also think that people should stop believing everything they hear about the latest "miracle drug." I think the pharmaceutical business is in and of itself, the biggest drug pusher around. They just do so legally IMO.

Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, some methodone patients are clinic patients due to prescription pain reliever use gone bad, and most are actually weaned of the addiction (of course, you don't hear about them as much as the welfare abusers - better press coverage there). Even Rush Limbaugh can tell you that. Also in the BDN is a story of a murdered homeless man. One of his downfalls was prescriptions for a back injury. Do I think more could be done to clear out the chronic abusers? Yep.

Be that as it may, good old "Mary Jane" has been proven to relieve nausea and pain in a manner that is far less addictively detrimental to its user. I think the '60s counterculture perception clouds the benefits. I hope that reasonable controls will prevail, and people who truly will benefit from it will get the help they need.

Last edited by cebdark; 11-06-2009 at 10:16 AM.. Reason: added something
 
Old 11-06-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Growing it here would make our 13 marauding raccoons seem like a picnic. You can't live trap human garden raiders... you can't, right?

Not 'live' trap anyway.
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