The Inquisitr speculates on why Justin Bieber would want to draw attention to the ‘Big Pharma war’ on medical marijuana. Justin Bieber (or someone who has access to his twitter account) posted a tweet with a link to a video stating, “Big Pharma wants to stop medical marijuana”.
The post calls attention to the issue, and Bieber says he was made aware of the facts by a friend. He thinks everyone should pay attention, and that it is an important issue. He also says he will be talking more about the issue sometime soon. Bieber has admitted to having used marijuana in the past, but no one knows if he is still using it.
Why would Bieber draw attention to medical marijuana?
His advocacy could be for many reasons, as he could be using the herb recreationally, for pain because of a neck injury, or for his insomnia, he doesn’t say. Whether he has personal reasons for his interest or not, he wants to raise awareness. With a massive following, he might just think his voice could add some power to a cause he feels is worthwhile. We will have to wait until he talks some more on the topic.
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In the meantime the Inquisitr reveals some key facts of the video showing drug companies spending millions per year to shut medical marijuana activism down because it undermines the profits made by selling painkillers. The makers of Fentanyl, which were in the news as it is their drug Prince overdosed on earlier this year, spent $500,000 to fight marijuana legalization in Arizona. The video states that Big Pharma is known to have spent $880 million on ‘fighting weed over the past decade’.
The video also cites studies showing that painkiller prescription decreased since 2013 in the 17 states where marijuana were decriminalized, and allowed for medicinal use. It urges Big Pharma to take responsibility for the opioid crisis it created.
Marley said it’s good for the asthma, maybe Bieber says it’s good for the pain
Even though the US FDA doesn’t recognize the cannabis plant as a medicine, it has approved two medications containing cannabinoids in pill form.
Cannabinoids are known to help relieve pain as studies have shown that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in Cannabis activates the central nervous system to block pain signals sent to the brain. It proves effective against neuropathic pain, or pain related to the nervous system. It is believed that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, works in the same way.
One in five adults smoke cannabis
30 million Americans admitted to having smoked marijuana over the past year. A recent Gallup poll revealed that one in every eight Americans say they smoke, and one in every five adults under the age of 30 smokes cannabis.
Despite its widespread public appeal and a lack of evidence of harm, $3.6 billion is spent on enforcing the law on marijuana as a schedule 1 substance. But despite law enforcement attempts and massive funding, use and availability of cannabis remains undiminished. This would strongly suggest that legalization, and advocacy for responsible use, is the way to go.
Big Pharma funding the war against marijuana activism is undeniably a matter of self-interest. A 2015 survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism revealed that 69% of people in the US considers alcohol more dangerous than marijuana.
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To what extent Bieber will add his voice in support of medical marijuana remains to be seen. In any event, he is raising awareness of painkiller addiction, and on the war on medical marijuana.