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Two San Diego physicians, Jason Roman Hess and Bret Robert Gerber, have been given probation by the Medical Board of California in decisions that became effective August 27.

Hess was given five years of probation. He had received a DUI citation in June of 2013. He had two prior offenses. As a condition of probation, he will have to abstain from use of alcohol and controlled substances.

Gerber got probation for two years. In August of 2013, he was stopped by police. He admitted he had the drug known as ecstasy in his vehicle. He also had psilocybin mushrooms. In a later interview with the medical board, he acknowledged having a history of recreational drug use — "mushrooms and ecstasy," he said, which he only uses "once or twice a year." As a condition of probation, he will have to abstain from use of controlled substances.

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shirleyberan Sept. 5, 2015 @ 11:59 a.m.

And he will probably have to go to a certain number of AA meetings and pray. Forced Religion, Unconstitutional.

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Diogenes Sept. 5, 2015 @ 2:37 p.m.

Physicians are given a choice of recovery programs/therapies.

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Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2015 @ 7:50 p.m.

Diogenes: Are they the same programs they would recommend to patients? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2015 @ 7:48 p.m.

shirleyberan: He is only required to abstain. Best, Don Bauder

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swell Sept. 5, 2015 @ 5:51 p.m.

Alcoholics clearly have a problem that can interfere with many functional parts of their life. Likewise opiate addicts and some others. But some alcohol, some drug use has never been shown to be a danger to the sensible user or others. The USA has for decades confused morality with common sense. Let's get off our high horses and see what actual scientific evidence says about these matters. Personally, I think Coca Cola and Twinkies are a greater danger to Americans than the occasional drug thrill.

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Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2015 @ 7:51 p.m.

swell: The key word is "occasional." That is something addicts miss. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 6, 2015 @ 8:39 a.m.

I have been HIGH all my life! On life.

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Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2015 @ 11:34 a.m.

Twister: You may be HIGH all the time but you must admit you complain with some frequency. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 7, 2015 @ 12:39 a.m.

"'Tis frriction's brisk, rrough rub 'at pr'vides the vital spark!"

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Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2015 @ 7:11 a.m.

Twister: That ia a marvelous, memorable quote. Did you come up with it, or did some other great writer pen it? Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 7, 2015 @ 11:12 p.m.

Apologies to Alexander Reid Martin. I messed it up a little.

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Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2015 @ 9:11 a.m.

Twister: Nothing wrong with paraphrasing or even changing quotes of great writers -- if they are dead, that is. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 9, 2015 @ 11:12 a.m.

"Aye, dinna forget laddie/lassie, 'tis frriction's brrisk, rrough rub 'at pr'vides the vital spark!"

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619coolguy Sept. 6, 2015 @ 2:52 p.m.

Things that are fine:

  • Believe in a bronze age book that was written by god or a surrogate.
  • Pray for divine inspiration before surgery.
  • Believe, literally, that Jesus talks to you.

Things that you can lose your license over:

  • Doing e and shrooms once a year.
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Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2015 @ 4:41 p.m.

619coolguy: Neither of these two doctors lost their licenses. They are on probation. In each case, the board ruled that they would lose their license, then that action was stayed and probation given.Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2015 @ 8:02 p.m.

Gary Waskowsky: Yes, there is an interesting line between medical and recreational use of certain drugs. For example, Colorado permitted medical marijuana use until it legalized the weed completely. Now adults can use it freely.

I have never used drugs (other than alcohol) except on one occasion: prior to going through quadruple heart bypass surgery, I was given a Quaalude. It was really a high. If I ever have an extremely painful, possibly terminal disease, I wouldn't hesitate to use marijuana if it would ease the misery. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 7, 2015 @ 11:21 p.m.

Drug companies want to control all drugs and "soak the sick" (Gerald Charlton).

I have to take dangerous, unhealthy pain killers even though I know from experience what a superior pain killer cannabis is, in the form that doesn't make one high. But I can't afford to run the risk of getting caught. I could lose my pilot's license.

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Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2015 @ 9:14 a.m.

Twister: You mean somebody who is high on marijuana needs a pilot's license? Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 9, 2015 @ 11:02 a.m.

On Mary Jane, you have to stay below 400 feet with all the other drones.

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shirleyberan Sept. 8, 2015 @ 12:54 p.m.

Did not flag. But It's a space cadet license.

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Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2015 @ 7:13 a.m.

shirleyberan: From whom does one get a space cadet license? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 10, 2015 @ 11:32 a.m.

shirleyberan: Or Mule Train? Best, Don Bauder

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