In the words of John Holt, a pro marijuana legalization activist from sweet Jamaica “but if you continue to burn up the herbs, we gonna burn down the cane fields”. Are there cane fields in America? Asking for a friend, anyways, despite widespread support for marijuana legalization, this harmless herb remains illegal on the federal level. For that to happen it means that there are people or barriers cock-blocking marijuana legalization.
Question is, why?
Cannabis Threatens Big Pharma
According to estimates, the global pharma market will reach $1.12 trillion in 2022. Ask yourself this, what happens if half the people in the country start growing their own medical grade marijuana? The result will obviously be a decline in profits for pharma companies, why?
The top six money making diseases are:
- Schizophrenia and depression
- Autoimmuine diseases such as arthritis and type 1 Diabetes
Why Big Pharma is Scared of Medical Marijuana
A 20 year study found that MODERATE cannabis users who suffer from asthma show improvement in lung function in the long run. In the short run, asthma patients get immediate relief from asthma attacks after smoking weed. The data suggest that marijuana is more effective than inhalers. In 2007 the total cost of asthma in the US alone was $56 billion.
Today, asthma inhalers cost anywhere from $50 to $100. Back in 2009 the number of people with asthma was one in 12 people. That translates to 8% of the population. Now do the math, what if half the people who use asthma medicine decided to switch from store bought medicines to alternative medicines such as marijuana?
Marijuana legalization poses a significant threat to the pharma industry, because of that. Players in the industry spend millions each year on politicians to keep weed illegal. That’s according to Harvard political review and Donald Trump. According to trump “they contribute massive amounts of money to political people”
In True trump fashion he later added while standing next to Mitch McConnel “I don’t know, Mitch, maybe even you,”
To get a slice of the ‘marijuana cake’, one of the biggest drug companies decided to create Dronabinol. Dumbed down, Dronabinol is ‘fake weed’, why? That’s because this drug is designed to mimic THC. Despite its brutal side effects, Dronabinol is prescribed to cancer patients to help relieve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite.
Numerous studies show that cannabinoid therapies improve quality of life for AIDS and cancer patients. The side effects of using marijuana are very few. So the question is, why is fake weed legal and the real thing illegal?
The Long and Expensive FDA Approval Process
The pharmaceutical industry in the US is regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The question is. How do you regulate recreational marijuana market using pharmaceutical style regulation? It is impractical.
Last year, the FDA sent letters to four companies warning them about unsubstantiated claims that cannabis derived products can kill cancers.
According to the letters from the FDA, companies cannot make claims to treat or cure a disease when a product has never been tested for treatment. What you should know about the FDA drug approval process is. It is long and expensive and the drug must be tested and proven to be safe and effective. Is weed a drug? By definition cannabis is a drug; however, the answer to that question depends on who you ask. To some people it is a drug and others don’t see it as a drug. Look at it this way Some people don’t use cannabis for its medical benefits. That means that the FDA model of regulation can only work in a few segments of the marijuana industry.
Society Looks Down on Marijuana Users
“Good people don’t smoke marijuana” Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Here is the truth.
The issue is. A huge number of people worldwide share the same view with Jeff sessions. Think about it, what comes to mind when you think about a drug user or when you see someone smoking weed? To most people, drug users are criminals, immoral or ‘lost’.
To opponents of marijuana legalization, marijuana is a dangerous drug that inflicts damage on people and society. That’s according to a study by the Pew Research Center. According to a 52 year old man who took part in the study “marijuana is a drug that makes you stupid. It affects your judgment and motor skills and in the long term it makes you lazy”.
The war on drugs has been raging for more than 100 years, like all wars, propaganda was used and is still being used to control public opinion. If someone tells you the same thing over and over you may end up believing that thing even if it’s a lie. This is what people over the age of fifty grew up seeing, when they got older they passed that idea to their kids you included.
There is also the religious aspect. Most religions teach, drug use is immoral or it goes against God’s wishes. In 2016 the Archdiocese of Boston gave $850,000 to fight the legalization of weed.
For most people the church is the voice of morality, because of that, if the church says something some people will see it as the truth. Looking down on marijuana users doesn’t change the fact that cannabis is very beneficial for human health. Yes, cannabis has some negative side effects, however, if used in the right way and at the right age. Weed is safe for humans.
The legalization of marijuana is a direct threat to private prisons, in 2014 close to 700,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses. Some were released and others found themselves behind bars. Private prisons make money from subsidies from the government. That simply means that, they get paid to house prisoners. According to Harvard political review, one in five people incarcerated in the US were charged with non violent drug crimes most of whom are people of color. What happens if marijuana becomes legal?
That translates to lost profits for the prison system.
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