+Silverblue Posted July 18, 2011 Report Share Posted July 18, 2011 I've seen too many sad stories of bad cg''s, too many stories of agreements not honored, and I have to say something. THE PROBLEM: IT GIVES THE WHOLE COMMUNITY A BIG BLACK EYE! Don't we have enough trouble with all the propaganda being put out against us? When people get together and decide to enter into an agreement, they have made a commitment to honor that agreement. An agreement is a mutual arrangement which assures each person involved, that they will fulfill their part of the situation. In the case of a cg, this should, like any other agreement, be put in writing. Some people are so trusting, they believe the person they're dealing with will honor their end of the bargain and carry out their obligations which were mutually agreed upon. These patients are very ill, may not be able to rely on their Intuition, because their illness and life situation has caused them so much stress, they're unable to think straight and be aware of what their Intuition is saying. When someone is desperate, it's hard to focus on anything else, all they know is they're in pain and need relief FAST. Often, for awhile, the situation will go smoothly, but after awhile, something goes wrong, and pt's are left suffering, with no meds, thus legitimizing the need for such operations as dispensaries. I like the farmers' market model much better, and sincerely hope with all my heart, to see it succeed and blossom into a very strong, acceptable alternative to the disp, but not to replace the pt/cg model, which is really the best way to go, in my humble opinion. I know it's not easy being a cg, though not from personal experience, but I read enough here, and spoken to some personally, to realize what a chore it is, but it has to first be a LABOR OF LOVE. This is about COMPASSION and PATIENTS FIRST! Being a cg is an awesome responsibility, someone's life is in their hands. They must be very careful and realize how SERIOUS this responsibility is. I am very glad to also see there are many more cg's who ARE genuinely Compassionate and often go out of their way to ensure someone isn't without their medicine. Do we want the greater community to take us seriously? Well then if we do, we have to control how our community conducts itself, INCLUDING where its business activities are concerned. We have to rid ourselves of the bad cg's. I know there are bad pt's, too. That is also a very big part of our image problem, along with those "expo's," that seem more catered to the recreational user than the medical community. We know what the problems are; to every problem there IS a realistic, practical, acceptable SOLUTION. We just need to agree on what that is, and carry it out. It's OUR law, OUR medicine, and OUR RIGHT. THE SOLUTION: Many times, there have been talk of a written contract between pt and cg. It would solve a LOT of problems, but we also need an oversight board, which has also been discussed a few times. We have to "police" ourselves, and prove we can be responsible. It would go a LONG way toward improving our image. Agreed? I've seen too many sad stories that usually don't get resolved. This is wrong, and needs to be corrected ASAP- for the sake of our community. If we are to stay focused on PATIENTS FIRST, it's their needs that should always be first in a cg's mind. IF there's a problem, that needs to be resolved somehow. A pt should be able to have in their agreement, "IF for any reason, you are unable or unwilling to fulfill your end of this agreement, this contract will be null and void." That could work both ways, too. IF there's an agreed upon amount of compensation that's required, that hasn't been paid, the cg can nullify the relationship, too. We desperately need an oversight board, there should be a way to set this up, and have these people be elected to a specified term. It could work, and not be very complicated, as long as the most important aspect of it is always honored- the patient is the most important person in this situation. NO ONE should be made to suffer. It's bad enough our opponents are doing all they can to cause as much suffering as possible- we don't need to add to it. There should be a list of good cg's and not so good cg's, that the oversight board can have on hand to review. They could be able to look at this list and advise someone about a person on either list. The best way to measure who's good or not is by patient testimonials. When there's a good report, put that cg in a green column, when it's bad, put them in a red column. The board could consist of 3-5 people. There'd be a mediator/negotiator/arbitrator, whatever the position is that would hear grievances, and a set procedure to resolve any complaints. It doesn't need to get into a legal entanglement, in fact, this would help prevent any legal action by either side,. IF it got that serious, the matter would be taken to that level, and handled by those better qualified. I truly believe this is all very doable. The agreement doesn't have to be complicated. I know this could work. It's about time this very much needed service be put into place. Please, for the Patients. After all, it's about them and their ability to have a steady supply of quality meds, from reliable, Compassionate cg's. Being Reliable AND compassionate should go hand in hand. I know situations change, but there should be a provision for that. Chit happens, not all cg's are able to continue providing this service. If a cg was honest enough to tell their pt's they're unable to work with them anymore, the least they could do is help find someone who can; if not, at least be respectful enough of the pt to inform them in a timely manner that they're no longer able to fulfill their obligation and sever the agreement peaceably. We have to do this, for the sake of our community, to ensure the pt's comfort and safety. I would be willing to serve on such a committee, but I can't do it alone. I'd be willing to work out the agreement that would be the standard for each person involved. No one's gonna do this for us, but if anyone did, it would prob'ly not be to our advantage. We cannot let this kind of stuff continue, it's extremely damaging to our community, and to those who are trusting enough to believe they'll be in good hands when they need to depend on someone to grow their medicine for them. From now on, there should be no services without a prior written agreement. That should go for anything and anyone. The best of intentions often go sideways, for whatever reason. We must protect ourselves, especially where our health and safety is concerned. Good Faith is about TRUST- which is in itself a huge leap of faith. It's important, as with any service provided, that this trust is never broken. It'd be the same with anyone in any other profession- once that trust is broken, the client loses faith, not only in that person or company, but in the whole situation. Many will lose faith in the program and not renew, rather than to always have to be guessing if their meds will arrive on time, if the quality is good, if the terms will stay the same, if the cg is reliable, reasonable, friendly, and trustworthy. I hope something will be done about this ASAP. It can't wait any longer. If we are to save our community and our law, we have to do this, or someone else will, who will definitely not be someone we would want to entrust our health to. I don't expect Bb to do everything here, nor Michael either, though I would like some guidance on this and will look at anything I can dig up that's been mentioned already. Sincerely, Sb Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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