The Medical Marijuana Scam – Lessons From Montana For American Taxpayers

Montana group shuts down cannabis caravans

HELENA, Mont. 

A Montana advocacy group is shutting down its traveling medical marijuana clinics amid criticism that the so-called cannabis caravans have added thousands of people to the state registry without conducting thorough patient screenings. The Montana Caregviers Network [The name adopted by a Group of Marijuana Distributors or “Care Givers”] has hosted the one-day clinics in hotels and conference centers across Montana for more than a year. For a $150 fee, the group brought together those seeking to become medical marijuana patients with doctors willing to prescribe pot.

Starting next week, the group will forgo the clinics and instead team up with medical marijuana distributorscalled caregivers in Montana – to provide regular doctor’s office hours in Billings, Bozeman and Helena, in addition to the group’s base in Missoula.

“It is being changed partially because of the criticism of the traveling clinics. Also, from the business end, it’s no longer sustainable,” group [distributor] spokesman Chris Arneson said. “The traveling clinics no longer allow us to serve our patients the best we can.”

The clinics were a major factor in Montana’s medical marijuana patient registry jumping from 842 people at the end of 2008 to just about 20,000 at the end of June.

But over the past few months, the clinics have come under criticism as being assembly lines that sees hundreds of people at a time, but at the expense of proper medical examinations.

An interim legislative committee drafting a bill to shore up the state’s medical marijuana law has been hearing from people who say the pot boom goes against the aim of the law to provide care to people with the most debilitating illnesses or conditions.

Meanwhile, the state medical board tried to curtail the mass screenings with a position paper released at the end of May saying that doctors who recommend medical marijuana must follow the same standards as doctors prescribing other medicine.

The board fined a physician who had seen about 150 people in 14 1/2 hours at one of those clinics last year. [Billing a total of $22,500 to the 150 “patients” “examined” in that 14.5 hour period]

The Montana Caregivers Network [The name taken by a group of marijuana “distributors”] has a doctor who now works full-time with the group in Missoula. Under the new model, he will go to Billings, Bozeman and Helena once a week to provide recommendations for new patients and for current ones seeking to renew their one-year eligibility, Arneson said.

The Montana Caregivers Network will still handle the records and still charge $150 per recommendation. [and I’m certain it is safe to assume that these “caregivers” or “distributors” will then fill the prescritions].

Board of Medical Examiners Executive Director Jean Branscum was out of the office on Thursday and Friday and did not return requests for comment.

http://www.examiner.com/a-2720335~Mont__group_shuts_down_cannabis_caravans.html

Hey Governor how is the State budget this year ..... Bailout? Bailout? Bailout my ass ....

McAuley’s World Comments:

With a prescrition in hand, the “medical marijuana” becomes an item covered under private and public health insuarnce – rasing costs to all consumers, the choomers and straights alike.

If you happen to be a tax paying beer or wine drinker – you should feel left out …..

Billions of dollars in new “medical expenses” to be absorbed by Obama Care.

Free marijuana for those who obtain their medical coverage through the U.S. taxpayer ….. 

Every “medical care” dollar spent on “medical marijuana” is one less dollar to be spent on AIDS, cancer, diabetes  or Alzheimers disaese.

3 Responses

  1. The reason the number of patients jumped so much is that it is becoming easier to get a med card, but also because people love pot! http://stonerdiary.wordpress.com

    McAuley’s World Comment: Let them pay for it then …. In moderation, I love my single malt, but I shouldn’t be able to have a physician write a script for it …. you know as well as I do that with an increase of 19,800 people to the “medical marijuana” rolls … the great majority are “recreational users” … this will create an unnecessary burden our medical system ….

  2. Cannabis really does help with many medical conditions. Here for example is part of a message from a patient on a list I maintain talking about using it to treat her diabetes:

    …………

    Yeah, yeah yaeh …. we know it isn’t medical comsumption it is recreational ….. we have heard it all before …. come back and tell me about marijuana as a cancinogen … marijuana is 20x worst than smoking tobacco ……

  3. This is all a joke . all these people smoking weed are 30 and younger. when you go to these places they have pot browines , pot cup cakes pot cookies , etc. that really sound like a doctors office to you?

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