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News flash – people protect their jobs

There’s an AP story circulating out there with the headline: Addiction docs restate anti-marijuana stance

My reaction was… Well, of course they do. It’s like saying “Meat packers restate anti-vegan stance.” Duh.

If the addiction industry lost all the criminal justice referrals for marijuana “addiction,” they’d be out a ton of easy money and have to focus on the much harder cases that often are less likely to have money to pay.

It’s sort of like… if the DEA didn’t have medical marijuana to bust, they might have to do some real investigative work.

And once again, Kevin Sabet is quoted. Who is paying him to be a media source?

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5 comments to News flash – people protect their jobs

  • kaptinemo

    “And once again, Kevin Sabet is quoted. Who is paying him to be a media source?”

    Once you’ve clamped your lips on the right-wing welfare teat, you rarely have to worry about missing a meal. Sabet’s had his locked on since the early 1990’s. He learned at the feet of his masters in the ONDCP how to BS his way to a meal ticket. He’s been doing that, and nothing else, ever since.

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  • claygooding

    He is working as an adviser for a rehab research group from Philly,,was what I could gather,,in other words,,he is selling his ability to create war on some drugs propaganda for the private sector,,aren’t we LUCKY?

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  • darkcycle

    If Crinimal Justice referrals were eliminated, the industry would crash. Around here C.J. Referrals (and folk who enter treatment in advance of sentencing, on advice of attorney)make up between forty and sixty percent of some “rehab” centers clients.
    That is one more big teat, with lots of mouths clamped on.

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  • Duncan20903

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    When I was following publicly traded companies back in the day when one would announce that it had re-stated it’s earnings that meant there was a significant change in the previously stated earnings.

    The editors certainly could have come up with a less ambiguous headline. Reiterate would have been the word that I chose.

    Addictionology clowns reiterate anti-marijuana stance

    There, that’s much more accurate. But regardless of the sophistry it’s still a good thing that their membership isn’t marching in lockstep on this subject.
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    It seems to me that the Know Nothings aren’t going to be able to bully the CMA in the way that they bullied RAND into changing its position. So far the CMA is standing behind their call to re-legalize cannabis and to establish a regulated retail distribution chain.

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  • Servetus

    What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the system which they are presumably part. Repetition, somewhat overrated in importance because of the common belief in the ‘masses’ inferior capacity to grasp and remember, is important because it convinces them of consistency in time.”—Hannah Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism, p.351.

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