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Why The Pharmaceutical Industry Has Consistently Lobbied Against Cannabis

The pharmaceutical industry seems to be losing money, and customers, in the 17 U.S states that have legalized cannabis. These states have seen fewer pharmaceutical drug overdoses and illicit drug abuse on the whole.

In the United States, areas with legal medical marijuana seen less pain pill, opiate, and other dangerous drugs prescribed. This is bad news for pharmaceutical companies who make their money by pressuring doctors to prescribe medicine that may be more harmful than good.

In addition to the pharmaceutical industry lobbying politicians by paying them (in one way or another), the alcohol industry is also to blame for anti-cannabis lawmakers and politicians.

Why Does The Pharmaceutical Industry Want Cannabis To Remain Illegal?

Information surrounding the benefits of cannabis has been suppressed for over 100 years by major corporations, governments, and the medical industry.

Pharmaceutical companies would rather have the population on addictive, expensive, and harmful opiates.

Also, the pharmaceutical industry has made false claims, as well as planting media stories, that marijuana edibles are easily ingested by children.

This is simply wrong, and the argument falls flat on its face once you examine the facts.

Although marijuana-related hospital admissions have gone up in Colorado from 1.2 children every 100,000 to 2.3 children every 100,000, the stats related to accidental pharmaceutical medicine intake are much more alarming.

318 children out of every 100,000 in Colorado are admitted for accidentally taking their parent’s prescription medicine. Accidentally ingesting pharmaceuticals is approximately 160 times more likely to happen than a child ingesting marijuana edibles.

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This type of argument is often used by the ignorant and weak-minded who believe everything they see on tv.

Another Fact Your Doctor Will Not Tell You: Hospital visits for children who have taken pharmaceutical narcotics (such as opiates) in Colorado rose 225% from 2004-2011.

Legalizing marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally, is a huge fear for the pharmaceutical industry. In The United States, opiate overdoses dropped approximately 25% in cities and states that have legalized cannabis.

In addition, locations that have marijuana dispensaries in the United States have seen a 15-35% decrease in substance abuse admissions.

One more fact from Colorado: Over $100 million per year is collected in tax revenue from cannabis sales. This means that citizens get rebates, public amenities are paid for by marijuana sales, and the state has seen less opioid abuse and overdosing on the whole.

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Sources:

Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010

Is medical marijuana the answer to America’s prescription painkiller epidemic?

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