Every month, several new studies bring to light the amazing medical potentials of cannabis. The Federal government is not yet convinced of these medical benefits, but voters across the country are shifting their opinions regardless. Six states will vote on cannabis legalization this November, and that clearly has opioid makers feeling nervous.
Now that over half of all states have some sort of cannabis legislation enacted, each vote for marijuana policy reform is a highly-scrutinized event. For the most part, pro-cannabis efforts are receiving endless donations from public and private interests. Every once in awhile, anti-cannabis campaigns make headlines as well.
Most recently, Insys Therapeutics donated $500,000 to the cannabis opposition campaign Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. Insys Therapeutics manufacturers opioid-based medications, including Fentanyl. Fentanyl made headlines earlier this year when music icon Prince overdosed on the drug which is 50 times more powerful than morphine.
Additionally, Insys is currently under state and federal investigations for potential violations of predatory marketing. While the drug manufacturer is currently at the helm of the largest opioid epidemic in the history of ever, they still claim their greatest concern is safety. Over 28,000 Americans died from prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses in 2014, and 2015 and 2016 have only seen increasing rates of addiction and death.
Arizona is one of six states with November ballot votes on cannabis legalization. Considering that states with access to medical cannabis see almost 2,000 fewer prescriptions for painkillers, it is really no surprise that opioid manufacturers are opposed to the legal availability of a less harmful analgesic substance.
But $500,000 dollars is a lot of money. In fact, it is one of the largest single donations to an anti-marijuana campaign ever. Clearly safety can be sacrificed for profit margins when opioid “pushers” feel their own buttons being pushed.
Cannabis is experiencing satire beyond what anyone thought possible – the legal drug makers are under investigation for advertising practices that have literally damaged the health of US citizens, and they still donate under the guise of protecting health.
Thankfully, the majority of American adults are watching their loved ones find comfort with cannabis and see through the false narrative being funded by anti-cannabis campaigns.
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