06 January 2014

On Merry-jew-wanna

Some douchebag on a blog somewhere inquired "If marijuana is useful as medicine, why isn't Big Pharma on board with it?"  This was a comment left some time back, so I'll answer it here.  There are two reasons the legal drug cartels don't want marijuana legalized:

#1:  Profit.

#2:  Profit.

#1:  Marijuana is not addictive.  Period.  Full stop.

Now, you can argue that it's psychologically addictive, but people can get hung up on anything.  Food, sex, work, psychotherapy...hell, you could even make the case that being devoutly religious is a form of psychological addiction.  Regardless, marijuana is not, in any way, physically addictive.  What are the withdrawal symptoms?  "Dude, I wish we had some more pot."  That's pretty much it.

Compare that to most Big Pharma antidepressants.  My wife got off of Effexor, and it was three months of absolute hell for her.  It scrambled up her brain seven ways from Sunday.  In the midst of it, she said, "If this is what heroin withdrawal is like, I understand junkies completely."  No, love, it's not like heroin withdrawal.  That takes three days, not three months.

That's what they want.  They want addiction.  They want withdrawal symptoms so horrific you'll never want to get clean.  You'll be on their drugs for the rest of your life, and paying them handsomely for it.  Which brings us to...

#2:  Availability.

With marijuana, you find a strain that works for you.  You buy the seeds, put them in dirt, add water and wait.  In a couple of months, you have your very own never-ending supply that you never have to pay anyone for ever again.

Where's the profit in that?  Big Pharma doesn't want you using something you can grow and make yourself .  They want you using their compounds, which have to be synthesized in huge laboratories, and that they're the sole source of.

To answer this guy's question, Big Pharma doesn't want marijuana legal for the exact same reason the other drug cartels don't.  It would kill their profits.

C'mon, you really think these companies give a damn what they're doing to you?  They're no different than the snake-oil salesmen of centuries past.  They want you to buy what they're selling, and damn the side effects.  I've seen marijuana help people, and if some folks want to use it as a recreational substance, it's none of your, my, and especially not the government's business.  And I'm still waiting for someone to point out where in the Constitution the Feds are given any authority to regulate any drug at all.

Oops, my bad.  I was still stuck in that mindset that liberty and the rule of law mattered.  Carry on.


  1. Follow the dollar to the answer to most questions. Nice post.

  2. Actually you have been mislead, THC the active ingredient in marijuana is addictive. Don't take my word for it. http://drug.addictionblog.org/is-thc-addictive. So then question remains, why isn't big Pharma interested in it? The answer is.... They are, why do you think it has been legalized Hhmmm? You think people will still be allowed to grow their own in 10 years? Now that it's legal, it will be regulated and made more addictive, the new world slaves will be fed a steady diet, just like they do with KHAT in the shitty little 3rd world countries. I don't give a shit what you or anyone else puts in their body, but telling people there are no consequences is a lie.

  3. Wow, and people think I'm a conspiracy nut.

    Please point out where I said there are no consequences? Everything has consequences of one sort or another, but the consequences for using MJ shouldn't be imposed from without, by a bunch of busybodies who think they know how best to run others' lives.

    Oh, yeah...and "drug addiction blog?" Which only links back to itself instead of any independent studies on the matter? Hardly a credible and unbiased source, my friend.

  4. (Oh, yeah...it does have reference links...which all end in ".gov." I don't know if you've been paying attention, but around here, we take anything the government says with a bargeload of salt.)

  5. It is not addictive and there are no withdrawal problems. I stayed stoned for 6 months and stopped one morning. Zero, zilch, nothing.




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