Many on the Conservative side of things oppose the legalization of marijuana. However, as you may have noticed lately, such oppositions are slowly changing. Whether you oppose or support legalizing the devil’s lettuce, there are some shady things going on in the pharmaceutical industry (as always).
Recently, pharmaceutical giant Insys Therapeutics created a synthetic version of marijuana called Syndros. This week, the company gained preliminary approval for the drug from the DEA.
Why is this ironic?
Well, they were the only company to donate money to the opposition of marijuana legalization.
From the Washington Post:
“Insys gave $500,000 last summer to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the group opposing marijuana legalization in Arizona. The donation amounted to roughly 10 percent of all money raised by the groupin an ultimately successful campaign against legalization. Insys was the only pharmaceutical company known to be giving money to oppose legalization last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of campaign finance records.”
Those sneaky bastards.
Furthermore, Syndros is basically synthetic THC, a compound that the FDA deemed as medically beneficial and safe last year. Syndros is now categorized as a Schedule II drug, meaning you can only get it legally by prescription (hint hint: Insys makes shit tons of profit).
You may also find it interesting that Insys is the creator of a drug called Fentanyl. If you don’t what that is, the Chicago Tribune can help: “Insys is also the subject of numerous state and federal criminal investigations, as well as a shareholder lawsuit, over its aggressive marketing of a product containing the potent and deadly opioid painkiller fentanyl. In December, the FBI arrested the company’s former chief executive and five other executives on charges that they paid kickbacks and committed fraud to sell a highly potent and addictive opioid that can lead to abuse and life threatening respiratory depression.”
Lets be real: it seems the pharmaceutical industry is still seriously f*cked up. But I think you already knew that.