This, my friends, is a medical marijuana providing doctor. She is doing very little to reassure that this is a serious area of care. Starting with the website, www.doc420.com. You know, 4:20.
The jezebel article concentrates on the sexy pictures of the good doctor.
"Dr. Sona Patel, who worked as a model while going to medical school, is not your ordinary medical marijuana specialist. Her ads and her appearance emphasize glamour." I was bridling at this description. Then I saw her ad, at left:
The high fashion is just a style preference, said Dr. Patel, 34, who uses her own image in advertising materials, often in different hairstyles.
Calling Dr. Isis.
My interest, of course, is the actual public health issue. If (and that is still highly debatable) marijuana can become a viable medication, that's all well and good. I'm in favor of things which help to reduce medical problems and personal suffering.
I am also interested, along an orthogonal axis, in the way we mount an argument for a position. In how we shape change in the hearts and minds to bring about a different perspective in our fellow citizens. This seems intimately connected to the political process if you ask me. And the medical marijuana is not going to get traction without political support.
Finally, my regular readers know that I am even more interested in the way people are willing to engage in the most flagrant of hypocrisies and to advance disingenuous, internally inconsistent and laughably opposing arguments in an attempt to get their way. Naturally, I see a very large majority of the supposed medical marijuana support structure to be this latter. A total Trojan horse for those that simply want to facilitate their own recreational use of marijuana.
Where does ol' doc420 fit into this picture?