You can have your own attitude to Justin Bieber's eccentric behavior, but one of his latest Twitter posts definitely deserves the appreciation of all marijuana advocates. On Oct. 2, he shared a link to a video that disclosed that large pharmaceutical companies waged a war against medical marijuana legalization.
Though the media are often hard on Justin Bieber and his reputation, this time, he has used his fame to bring public attention to the problem of blocking medical marijuana legalization by pharmaceutical companies.
In the video shared by Bieber, the media company ATTN: addresses the issue of big pharma businesses pressing the American government to slow or shut down marijuana legalization. The main idea of this video is that pharmaceutical companies are afraid of bearing huge losses as a result of medical cannabis legalization.
For instance, Insys Therapeutics has reportedly donated $500,000 to the anti-marijuana campaign in Arizona. At the same time, their product Fentanyl promoted as a powerful painkiller is 50 times more potent that heroin. Moreover, Fentanyl was allegedly the substance that caused the end of Michael Jackson's life.
Besides, a bunch of pharmaceutical companies sponsor public anti-marijuana organizations that allow them to stay in the background of the anti-cannabis movement.
The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) is one of the largest public organizations standing against cannabis legalization. Purdue Pharma, the producer of Oxycontin, a highly addictive medicine for pain treatment, sponsored an anti-marijuana convention in 2014. In addition, this organization is also sponsored by Drugmaker Alkermes, the manufacturer of Zohydro ER, an opioid-based drug with a strong but dangerous analgesic effect. The list of CADCA sponsors also includes such companies as Pfizer and Janssen Pharmaceutical.
In Canada, where medical marijuana has already been legalized, large drug companies are going to join the marijuana business. For example, Shoppers Drug Mart, the largest Canadian pharmaceutical retailer, took efforts to win the right to distribute medical cannabis products next year.
According to the video shared by Justin Bieber, pharmaceutical companies have spent more than $880 million for anti-cannabis campaigns over the past decade. That is vivid evidence to the fact that they consider cannabis an alternative to their painkillers.
Even though drug companies are trying to do everything they can not to have to compete with medical cannabis, all their actions do is show the public that marijuana does have a great potential as a medicine.
Justin Bieber's support is much needed especially before the upcoming voting on marijuana legalization in some American states. He has 88.6 million Twitter followers and the most viewed music channel on YouTube, so his influence cannot be underestimated.
Hopefully, Bieber will go further in his opposition to the big pharma companies and draw more attention to the lack of funding in all nine medical or recreations campaigns that are currently taking place in American states.