In my last blog post, I tried to clear up some of the misinformation about marijuana outlets. Now, in order to understand the issues even better, it is time that you be educated on the medical marijuana script scam. It is pervasive throughout the weed outlet community as many members of that community seek to mislead the public through a simple ruse.
Don’t listen to the hype and PR. These medical marijuana outlets were not created to help suffering people. They are helping very few people. Instead, you should understand the truth. You should understand the medical marijuana script scam.
Under the medical marijuana script scam, getting a medical marijuana card has nothing to do with illness.
Some pot retailers require a medical marijuana card. from you. However, most just sell it “under the table”. It really makes no difference though. That’s because the process to get that medical marijuana card is simply a medical marijuana script scam. It is a sham. It was patched together to create the appearance of being in compliance with Health Canada regulations.
In many cases, the applicant talks to a weed shop recommended naturopath. He/she just tells the naturopath that he/she has insomnia and that the weed helps with sleep. The naturopath then issues a card good to buy weed or edibles [marijuana baked cookies, etc.] By the way, a Naturopath is NOT a Medical Doctor.
Any perceived illness qualifies as needing pot.
A partial list of ailments that marijuana can treat is: Anxiety, Asthma, Brain/Head Injury, Cancer, Depression, Colitis, Emphysema, Epilepsy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraines, Nausea, Chronic Pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Sleep Disorders, Substance Addiction, and many more. So the would be disease ridden sufferer can say he/she has just about any ailment. He or she is then qualified for a card.
Edible weed versus smokeable weed, either can get you high.
You get the same high by eating weed as you do by smoking it. In fact, some will tell you that eating it gives a superior high. So, don’t be fooled by the edible versus smokeable designation. Also, don’t think that edible weed is somehow more medicinal. IT IS NOT.
An interesting history lesson
Many of you have heard of or seen the movie Alice B Toklas. It’s about the woman who baked marijuana brownies. The movie characters still got high from them, but without smoking. [As an aside, a “toke” is a drag from a cigarette, a weed pipe or some other type of pipe. So the “toklas” referred to in the title means “without smoking”. It actually says, “Alice goes smokeless”. Therefore, the title of the movie is a clever pun.]
Whether weed is recreational or medicinal is NOT determined by how it is ingested. Medicinal weed should be prescribed by a caring physician not by some charlatan or criminal running a medical marijuana script scam.
It is determined by the cannabinoids [active ingredients] within the weed. THC is one of the cannabinoids. It is responsible for getting you high. CBD is another of the cannabinoids and has the medicinal effects.
These medical marijuana cards do NOT specify cannabinoid content. Thus, these medical marijuana cards are nothing more than licenses giving permission to get high.
The Canna Mall in Victoria is a perfect example. It is run by a criminal enterprise headed by Steve Omelus. One of the products it sells is “shatter”. Shatter is dangerous form of pot that causes psychotic breaks. This is because shatter has an 80% THC level. Normal BC bud has a 15% to 20% THC level.
Enter the Skype Scam
Some of these weed outlets have gotten so sophisticated that they have a naturopath or doctor on call.
- They usher you into a booth with a computer.
- The naturopath, or sometimes even a medically licensed doctor, asks you few questions.
- You are then granted a medical marijuana card.
- The idea that you can be properly diagnosed by three to five minutes worth of conversation over a video call is absurd. In fact, it’s charlatanism
- It is nothing more than a method for these weed sellers to flaunt the system, saying there exists a proven medical need.
- Would you send your loved one to a doctor who did a diagnosis that way?
- It is, quite simply, a money grab by the many weed outlets which masquerade as medical dispensaries.
If the medical marijuana industry wants to be taken seriously, it needs to stop the lies, the shams and the scams.
Now you have your medical marijuana card and it is time to buy your medicine.
You can purchase any edible or smokeable marijuana, no matter its level of THC or CBD. The card doesn’t specify. And trust me here, most of these so called medical weed dispensaries don’t care. They are greedy business people intent on exploiting an ill-defined system. All they want is your money.
If I really need weed for medicinal purposes, can I get it? Sadly, the answer is that obtaining what you need depends on from whom you buy. There are eight fakers out there for every legitimate seller.
Would you buy your prescribed medications from other than a registered pharmacist? Would you fill your prescriptions through a pharmacist who buys his drugs from the street, rather than from a legitimate laboratory?
Canada has licensed only certain growers to produce medical marijuana.
To qualify for those licenses, among other criteria, these growers are required to demonstrate the ability to grow their marijuana to certain standards. They need to be able to consistently produce a product that had the required medicinal values as set out by Health Canada.
If you are buying from outlets that obtain their supplies from one of these licensed growers, then you are assured that you are getting what you need. On Vancouver Island, by far the largest of the licensed growers [if indeed there are any other licensed, commercial growers] is Tilray.
If instead, you are buying from a weed outlet that purchases their supplies from other than commercially, licensed growers, then it is a crap shoot. Frankly, you are most likely getting a product that is far less than ideal for you, if it has any medicinal value whatsoever.
At the same time, you are feeding the coffers of the motorcycle gangs and criminals. These criminal organizations have a long history in the illegal marijuana business. With the onset of medical marijuana, they are now poised to reap huge profits at the expense of your health and well being. They’ll take the money. They don’t care about you or your health.
The criminal growers have no way to ascertain the THC levels versus the CBD levels. And frankly, they don’t care. If the weed outlets who sell to you cared, they would buy from a licensed grower, not from criminals. Moreover, they would insist you have a legitimate prescription specifying a THC versus CBD level. And they would not run their medical marijuana script scam.
Now, understanding the truth, what do you think about these fake medical marijuana storefronts popping up everywhere*? What do you think about their medical marijuana script scam? Do you favor police action against them? Or do you like being played for a fool?
These shops are trying to win public support by whining that they are losing their businesses. In the meantime, they seek to con the very people whose support they want. That is you, the public. Do you want the Nanaimo RCMP to close down the ten shops to whom it has given “Cease and Desist” letters? Do you want Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps to keep opening pot shops?
*While I don’t know it to a certainty, I strongly suspect that the Nanaimo RCMP has documentation showing that each of the weed outlets it is targeting sold to minors. If not to minors, then they probably sold to many customers not in possession of a valid marijuana purchasing card. [If you are a RCMP Member and are permitted to leave a comment confirming or denying this, it would be appreciated.]