Big Pharma spent $880M between 2006 and 2015 to protect opioids, fight marijuana legalization
09/30/2016 / By Vicki Batts / Comments
Big Pharma spent $880M between 2006 and 2015 to protect opioids, fight marijuana legalization

At this point, it is almost laughable how the DEA continues to insist that marijuana is so dangerous that it needs to be labeled as a Schedule I drug. Even morphine and opium are listed as Schedule II, meaning they rank lower on the DEA’s frivolous “danger” scale. How could anyone honestly say that marijuana has no medicinal benefits, when there are literally thousands of people who benefit from medical cannabis products?

Well, the fact that Big Pharma has spent nearly a billion dollars on lobbying efforts to ensure that cannabis remains illegal surely helps one understand.  Spending $880 million dollars over the course of nine years is surely one way to get what you want. Is it the right way? That may be up for debate. Some might say that providing actual evidence to support both claims about your own products and those of your adversaries would be the respectable way to go about things. But why do things in a respectable manner when you can just pay off a few patsies though, right?

Clearly, the legalization of marijuana, even just for medicinal purposes, is a huge threat to Big Pharma. After all, if people could use a plant to soothe away pain, how would they keep people addicted to their products? God forbid that people who suffer with chronic pain and other health issues actually be given options.  The truth is that Big Pharma knows that most people would rather use a plant that is considered less addictive than tobacco and alcohol, than the prescription pill equivalent to heroin.

In addition to fighting marijuana legalization, Big Pharma has also used financial strong-arming to prevent the regulation of opioid drugs, and in this way they continue to contribute to the opioid epidemic that is plaguing America.


Fortunately, the government hasn’t yet made hemp products illegal — though the growing of hemp is strictly regulated. At least natural, hemp products are still available, though. Hemp supplements can also help to support good health. That’s why the Health Ranger has joined up with Native Hemp Solutions to provide you a hemp extract you can trust. These extracts are tested and validated in Mike Adams’ very own CWC Labs — an independent, ISO-certified lab — to make sure that they’re 100 percent authentic. The CBD content in this hemp extract undergoes some of the industry’s most accurate verification processes, to ensure accuracy.

Hopefully, certain federal agencies won’t also decide that hemp needs to be demonized, too.

Should the government be able to tell you what you can put in your own body? Absolutely not. Medical freedom, and the freedom to choose what kind of care you want to receive is the right of every American. This is why the failure of the DEA to reclassify marijuana is so disgusting. It is downright shameful. Medical marijuana is successfully used to treat opioid addiction, and has relieved hundreds of patients from their suffering. What does that tell you about the medical necessity of opioids?

Dr. Gary Witman of Canna Care Docs, a network of facilities that qualifies patients into medical marijuana programs in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Delaware and the District of Columbia, states that medical marijuana is not addictive, and is a much safer alternative than opioids.

Opioid addiction kills about 78 people every day, according to the CDC. Can the government make the same claim about marijuana? No – even after all this time, there still hasn’t been a marijuana overdose.

Big Pharma isn’t spending all this money to help people; they are doing it to protect their profits.


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