I grew up in a house where going to the doctor was a normal part of life; and what the doctor said was next to gospel. You didn’t question what the doctor said, and if he wrote a prescription, you took it. Gary and I are from the same the generation, and we grew up in the same small, Iowa town, and were raised much the same. So in 2007, after his first shoulder surgery, why would he question the pain medication he was prescribed? The doctors kept prescribing it, so it was obviously safe.

Sadly, we have been misinformed, misled, and murdered for profit by doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and our government for years. The Purdue family made the Top 15 in Forbes last year for their ability to market and addict people to Oxycontin.  Insys Therapeutics, maker of Subsys, a sublingual form of the dangerous drug Fentanyl, has been sued by the state of Illinois and investigated by five others for illegal marketing tactics.

Yet, last week, Insys, contributed $500,000 to the anti-Proposition 205, Arizona’s measure to legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Seeing nearly a 28% decrease in sales of their drug in 2016, or a $19 million drop in profits, a half a million dollar donation is clearly an attempt to protect their bottom line. Also notable, is that Insys is in development of a synthetic cannabis, improving on a product previously discontinued, so naturally, they want an all-natural, easy to grow at home cannabis prohibited so they can sell you the “Aspertame version” of franken-cannabis.

Personally, I despise the term “recreational” when referring to cannabis. Working as a Cannabis Advisor at Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique, I have observed all cannabis use is medicinal in some way. Whether our guests are looking to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, calm PTSD, take the edge off after a long day at work, or simply as a temporarily release… they are all seeking a medicinal remedy. We as humans need an outlet, a way to blow off steam… it’s a necessity of life just like air, water, and food. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world where mental health is too frequently ignored, shamed, and bottled up.

No one bats an eye at this scenario (this particular scenario is fictional, but we all know people that carry bags of pills, hell my grandma had a grocery sack full.)

“I have debilitating anxiety, so my doctor prescribed Ativan three times a day, with Wellbutrin for depression, and Abilify to help it work better; then, at night, I take Ambien to help me sleep. When I get up, I’m foggy, so I drink a pot of coffee, smoke a cigarette, and take Adderall to boost my productivity. When I’m ready to unwind, I settle into a nice glass of merlot.”

We don’t even question all those chemicals because our family doctors prescribed them and our trusted government has approved them, so they have to be safe, right? This is exactly the wool that has been pulled over our eyes.

Let me reword that same scenario after legalization…

“I have debilitating anxiety, so I smoke indica cannabis to control it. I don’t have any trouble sleeping at night because I smoke indica cannabis. I wake up rested and ready to start my day, every day. I no longer need energy drinks or coffee, although I’m a sucker for a cold Dr. Pepper once a day. If I need a boost in motivation, focus, or energy a good sativa cannabis always does the trick. I don’t drink anymore, so if I need to unwind after a long day, cannabis does that, too.”

The pharmaceutical companies would rather have you taking different medications for each and every ailment because each one means more money in their pockets. If you have access to one plant, a natural herb, that renders their drugs useless, then they will no longer be in the Top 15 of Forbes richest. The actions of Insys last week in Arizona obviously displays the legal cannabis industry has them scrambling to save their profit margins and their pockets are deep, so I doubt this is the last we see of big pharma donations to keep you under their control.

Arizona voters, I hope you are paying attention to the manipulation in this deadly political game. Remember, with more than 28,000 deaths from opiates in 2014 and ZERO from marijuana, please ask yourself, which is the safer drug?

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