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Re: “Vermont Legislature Adjourns Without Fanfare as Scott Promises Veto

Colorado ER Doctor Karen Randall, MD:" we have opened pandoras box.. this is a nightmare. The marijuana industry does everything they can to beat us down and they have the funds to do it. Since MJ business started here, they quote they brought 1300 jobs to the area. HOWEVER, . all low paying, minimum wage jobs, so [have they] really improved our economy. Certainly, no improvement in schools, police force or ability to provide medical care. The providers here are beaten daily. My hospital has 300 or so beds .. we have had 120% occupancy for the last 2.5 years. Prior to that, no waits for beds, but now.. Along with the marijuana, came increase in opiates and meth. Cartels are not stupid, they have people here and they sell the heroin and meth cheaper than the marijuana. ..all the people who have come here on a fixed (usually some type of disability) income, spend what they can and then turn towards the cheaper substances (meth/heroin) at the end of the month...ER daily overdoses. ICU has had at a minimum 2 patients/day who are ill secondary to drug related complication. Every shift Some young person, addicted to drugs, new to Colorado, wanting more services (medicaid, assistance, food stamps, housing, etc). .Every time we publish the stats, the marijuana folks are there calling us liars. I have been threatened on a number of times for my stance against marijuana (as have the other members of our..group). I think that its interesting that when we present facts, the MJ side yells, threatens and does everything they can to discredit us. YET, the first place they come when they get in trouble is straight to us.. Most members of my group (a long standing private ED group) want to leave".

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Posted by GREENMTCAT on 05/21/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Colorado ER Doctor Karen Randall, MD:" we have opened pandoras box.. this is a nightmare. The marijuana industry does everything they can to beat us down and they have the funds to do it. Since MJ business started here, they quote they brought 1300 jobs to the area. HOWEVER, . all low paying, minimum wage jobs, so [have they] really improved our economy. Certainly, no improvement in schools, police force or ability to provide medical care. The providers here are beaten daily. My hospital has 300 or so beds .. we have had 120% occupancy for the last 2.5 years. Prior to that, no waits for beds, but now.. Along with the marijuana, came increase in opiates and meth. Cartels are not stupid, they have people here and they sell the heroin and meth cheaper than the marijuana. ..all the people who have come here on a fixed (usually some type of disability) income, spend what they can and then turn towards the cheaper substances (meth/heroin) at the end of the month...ER daily overdoses. ICU has had at a minimum 2 patients/day who are ill secondary to drug related complication. Every shift Some young person, addicted to drugs, new to Colorado, wanting more services (medicaid, assistance, food stamps, housing, etc). .Every time we publish the stats, the marijuana folks are there calling us liars. I have been threatened on a number of times for my stance against marijuana (as have the other members of our..group). I think that its interesting that when we present facts, the MJ side yells, threatens and does everything they can to discredit us. YET, the first place they come when they get in trouble is straight to us.. Most of the members of my group (a long standing private ED group) want to leave".

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Posted by GREENMTCAT on 05/21/2017 at 9:19 AM

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