Thursday, May 26, 2011

Government Licensing Big Pharma to Grow Marijuana

The East Bay Express reported last week that the federal government has made a practice out of licensing large pharmaceutical companies to grow marijuana as they work on developing a generic alternative to Marinol. According to the report there are more than 50 licensed grow operations in the nation. Reporter David Downs writes:

"It's a weird piece of news that comes at a strange and contradictory time for the drug war. As US attorneys send threatening letters to states and cities, including Oakland, warning them against "commercial cultivation" of marijuana, the DEA is quietly handing out licenses for commercial cultivation"
 More hypocritical from policies from the Feds, who could've seen that one coming?

The government refuses to re-schedule marijuana, saying that it has no known medical uses, yet here they are working with the big drug companies to develop medicinal extracts from the plant. It just doesn't make any sense. Except it makes perfect sense.

Marijuana can be used to treat a plethora of illnesses, everything from headaches to cancer, and Big Pharma isn't ever going to allow a wonder drug that can be made at home to be legalized. They have to process it, make pills out of it and patent it so they can continue to rip us all off by charging for something that should be free.

It's just another great example of how big business and mega-corporations are ruining this fine country. The dollar rules and we lose.

You can read the full article from the East Bay Express right here.
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