Just based on the title I can already hear the stoners complaining. "Oh great, here goes Doc preaching about pot again! We get it! You hate weed! Get over it, you sanctimonious prat!"
Congratulations, you can read. Yes, it's another post about pot. No, I haven't changed my mind. I still think recreational marijuana is stupid and dangerous.
"No it's not! It's safe when used correctly!"
Maybe, but who the hell uses it "safely"? Certainly not the people I see.
I heard over the box (the citywide emergency services communication system) that we were getting three car accident victims at the same time. It seems a car veered into oncoming traffic and hit a van head on. They brought me a passenger from the van and two people who were in the car.
The first woman (from the van) had a concussion and some broken glass in her foot. The driver of the car that hit the van had several lacerations around her eye. The passenger in the car (her boyfriend) had a broken leg and a lacerated spleen.
So what's the point? Well I'm glad you asked. If you were paying attention (and are not high), you've probably already guessed that the driver of the car was high on marijuana, something she failed to tell me even when asked directly about drug and alcohol use.
And if it wasn't bad enough that she caused her boyfriend's broken leg (and the other woman's injuries), apparently she was so high that she didn't bother to put her 4-year old daughter in her car seat. The little girl suffered a depressed skull fracture, and I'm not sure if she will survive.
Recreational marijuana use is stupid. IT IS STUPID, and I see this kind of thing on a regular basis. Is anyone really surprised that I feel this way about pot? Anyone? After everything I've seen, how could I possibly think anything different? I freely welcome any marijuana advocate to tell me why I should change my stance on pot. If you can convince me, I solemnly swear I'll buy you a big bag of weed.
(Though it'll probably be dandelions and ragweed.)