Posts Tagged ‘medical marijuana’

Michigan: Stupid About Marijuana

January 28, 2019

Michigan: Stupid About Marijuana.

America is making one dumb legislative mistake after another. I believe that most folks have no “friggin-in-the-riggin”(Navy term) idea of how close America is to its own self-destruction.

The concern for this posting is both “medical marijuana” and its increasing legalization for recreational use.

I am deeply saddened that Michigan has now made marijuana legal for recreational use and is gearing-up to open retail outlets and cash-in on new tax revenues. 

I was born and raised in Michigan and most of my loved ones are there. Many of my family and friends are raising children and teens in Michigan. The legalization of marijuana is a great threat to the welfare of all Michiganders and also to those in contiguous states where marijuana use remains illegal. 

If you fail to read the following authoritative article you will remain oblivious to the great harms that the legalization of marijuana can visit upon you, your children, other loved ones and all of America.

Please be informed on this and other great issues of our time.


V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/28/19

Health Services Provider in Psychology (40 yrs.)

Professor Emeritus of Psychology (36 yrs,)

Medical Marijuana Revisited

June 16, 2010

Medical Marijuana Revisited

My main objection is our governments’ allowing legalized marijuana for “medical use” in ways that are prompts and successive approximations to increased rates of generalized population use of marijuana for recreational purposes. When this happens there will be an increase in rates of marijuana use among children and adolescents.

I hope you will read the comments by Brice Petgen on the right side-bar of this blog for the context of my continued discussion of this topic. Brice, I am in agreement with most of what you have so well written.

Giving permission to grow one’s own pot plants to some specified number, even for legitimate medical purposes, is a prescription for disaster. This cannot be controlled and “medical marijuana” will be harvested and sold for profit, or given, to those who have no legitimate medical needs. Furthermore, it sends a message of general acceptance to your youth. This was the point of the disturbing case study that I described in my previous post on this topic.

An article in Monitor On Psychology (June 2010, Vol. 41, No 6) entitled Medicine or Menace? provided a balanced account of this medical marijuana issue.

Research indicates that approximately 10% of those using marijuana develop marijuana dependence. The “2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that among people who had used heroin in the past year, 45.4 percent met the criteria for dependence. Among those who had smoked cigarettes in the past year, 35.3 percent were dependent on nicotine, and 20.4 percent of past-year cocaine users were dependent. The analysis included in Chapter 22 of ‘Psychiatry Third Edition, Volume 1 ‘(Wiley, 2008) that 9.7 percent of people who used cannabis met criteria for dependence. Among past year alcohol users, 4.9 percent met criteria for dependence.”

If medical use of marijuana proceeds in ways that stimulate increased recreational use of marijuana, the absolute number of those dependent upon this drug will, in my view, certainly increase. In my private practice, I too often see the life-ruining results in families and children caused by marijuana use. Currently about 6 percent of our youth “12 years and older have used marijuana in the last month.”

“About 4.2 million people are dependent on or abuse marijuana, almost twice the number of prescription drug abusers and three times the number of cocaine abusers, says Joseph Gfroerer, director of SAMHSA’s Division of Population Surveys.”

The principle active ingredient in Marijuana is THC, which has been FDA approved in medication form (as opposed to the smoked variety). This medication has been found effective for a variety of legitimate applications (pain, nausea, stimulating appetite, and more). Smoking the marijuana weed introduces the unnecessary risks of smoking. I have read that one marijuana cigarette is equal to 20 tobacco cigarettes in terms of its health risks.

I do not object to legitimate M.D. prescribed THC medication controlled and dispensed through pharmacies for appropriate medical applications.

I do object to the explosive growth of pot-shops selling “designer pot” in all flavors and mixtures under the fraudulent guise of “medical marijuana”. I do object to “prescribed memberships” in the “medical marijuana home growers association”. All of this will do is catalyze a national behavioral contagion of drug dependence and abuse.

All of that would be just another dumb-assed self-driven nail in our American coffin.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 6/17/10

Dumb-Assed Progressive Liberals and Their Medical Marijuana

June 8, 2010

Dumb-Assed Progressive Liberals and Their Medical Marijuana.

I have been waiting several weeks to write this. I have let the anger subside so I might write more clearly and with less profanity.

Yes, I know high English and am pretty good at using it. But I was also in the Navy and I have mastered some rather pointed alternative ways of expressing myself. I will spare you that, except for my use of a “salty” descriptor for proponents of intoxicating medical marijuana as it now exists in at least three states, including Michigan: You Dumb-Assed Progressive Liberals.

You may know that I am a retired professor of psychology and I am in private practice three days per week. I see 20 to 30 “people with problems” each week. I have done this for well over thirty years and about the time that I think I have seen it all, reality gives me a swift kick in the pants with a new and painful lesson.

The mother brought me her 14 year-old-boy because he and friends had beaten-up another kid and taken his book bag. He had been identified and turned over to the juvenile authorities and was put on probation. He was required to undergo counseling.

The boy was very friendly, bright, and articulate. I judged that he was above average intelligence–though his grades were failing in school and his attendance was poor. It was my first session with the boy and so I worked to build rapport with him and I thought that things had gone very well. The ground-work for future therapeutic gains had been laid.

About two weeks later the mother brought him back to me. She reported that the boy had “dropped dirty for marijuana” in his urine test at the probation office.

The boy, so friendly and reasonable the session before, sat in my office with a cocky smirk on his face. I asked “what were you thinking, are you looking to do jail time ?”. Now sullen, with a give-a- shit attitude (oops, gosh, didn’t mean to say that), he said, “I don’t care–that’s not up to me.”

The 14-yr-old boy went on to lecture me that marijuana was legal. He explained that it is legal in three states because it was good for your joints, muscles and good for bronchitis.

I sat amazed, as I asked him where he heard all of that. He laughed at me and said, “The streets talk to Me”.

I told him that there was no reason for us to talk anymore and that I would leave it to others to help him understand, now “the courts will now talk to him”. I did not have a client in the room, he did not admit to a problem and he did not wish to improve a problem.

I could have taken Medicaid money for months. But like the old fogy I am, I asked him to leave and not come back, until he wished to change his ways. He asked me to sign a document for his probation officer saying he attended counseling. I reluctantly did so. There was no area for comments on my part.

I talked to his caring mother, who agreed that it was time for a “higher”, more severe form of intervention for him.

Later, I wrote his probation officer and explained that the 14-year-old boy would need legal sanctions taken against him, that counseling would be of no benefit until he acquired a “felt need” to change his thinking and actions. Just between you and me, this probably will not work either.

Thanks! You dumb-assed progressive liberals who have used the current iteration of  intoxicating “legalized medical marijuana” in order to take another step in the direction of totally legalized recreational marijuana (and other drugs), so you can stay high, or garner votes and the power they confer.

You have helped to destroy the life of another Mother’s child in America so that you can cop a buzz or gain political power. You self-centered, hedonistic, bunch of sociopaths.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 6/8/10

Top-Down Influences on Culture

April 18, 2010

Top-Down Influences on Culture

Of course,  bottom-up influences are only part of the picture. There are also very powerful top-down influences on our population’s behavior as various levels of our government adopt laws and rules that can strongly affect, even regulate,  how people behave to each other. Some examples of top-down influences are the profound growth of government control, increasing taxes and the legalization of pornography, gambling, marijuana (under the pretext of medical applications) and a media that increasingly attacks traditional family and religious values and showcases antisocial behavior through its many venues.

What happens in our culture when top-down influences evolve that are in strong conflict with traditional bottom up influences; or, when subcultures bring their own dramatically different top-down and bottom-up forces into our existing socioculture? What happens to families and the future citizens that they produce when science and technology alter the physical, social and moral environment dramatic ways? How do these environmental changes impact the principles of psychology that shape the ways in which we and our children see, feel and behave toward each other?

These are only some of the  “big picture” concerns that need our closest attention. It is good to mention these major issues now,  because these are the ones we must attempt to answer in the end. With some of these larger issues in mind,  we can be on the look-out for the smaller (seemingly insignificant) factors that may be powerfully related to big and very important cultural outcomes.

We will return to these big picture concerns in due time. But, in order to understand the larger dynamics of cultural change, we must first understand a few key principles of psychology and how they powerfully influence the behavior of individuals within a population.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  4/18/10

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