a reply to: Darkmadness
Their motivations seem pretty obvious to me.
Drug companies make an awful lot of money, producing pills and powders that may, if bias is removed from the process by which these things are
vetted, prove to be less effective and more ridden with pitfalls, than cannabis derived treatments for various ailments, both physical, and
psychological. The revenue these companies pull in, is absolutely necessary to the economy, or rather, it is absolutely necessary to the current,
lucrative structure of the economy. The economy of a country is like any physical structure of significant scale, in that there are several areas,
several architectural features which are load bearing, and without which the economy could, potentially, weaken or fail.
The current model, the current architecture, holds that drug companies hold up a certain end of the economy by doing what they do. That is, by
creating drugs, some of which simply do not work, others of which work just fine but are fantastically overpriced relative to their cost of
production, and others which form the basis of any decent pharmacy stock. These companies are absolutely fundamental to the way the economy runs
today. Now, in a genuinely free market economy, such as a capitalist one, the idea is that ANY product which is both legal to produce, distribute, and
possess, should have a chance to compete with other products aimed at the same market and/or consumer base. If cannabis derived products were to be
approved for general consumption, then there is a possibility that the individuals who benefit most from driving up costs of other drugs, would find
their massive companies with significant chunks of their revenue evaporating overnight, as people flock to the alternatives provided by medical
marijuana, and other cannabis related products.
Now, please understand, although this would potentially cause economic havoc, I personally believe that in the long term, that structural alteration
would be survivable, and with significant aplomb. I also believe that since a great many of the current producers of cannabis, cannabis derived
products, and advocates of the herb are anti-establishment, that it would lead to a less corrupt market for healing in general, since the herb
producers would be making the regular drug companies look like total scum by comparison, what with the herb producers being ideologically driven to
get their product to as many people who need it as possible, as opposed to being part of an industry which historically has been about screwing as
many dollars per pill out of a massive number of people, as possible.
It would basically force drug companies to clean up their act, behave reasonably with regard to pricing, and get them motivated to exclusively create
products which work, and cause few noteworthy side effects, as well as investing in creating solutions to medical problems which are not "sexy"
enough, or widespread enough to warrant investigation under current circumstances.
Heres the thing though. Cannabis related products are NOT currently free to compete with products made by the big, powerful drug companies, in a
great deal of the US. As things stand, and if Hillary is to be believed on her stance toward these things, will continue to stand, even in the face of
evidence to suggest it is a bad idea, possession of the substance is still illegal in a grand portion of the US, and distribution can still attract
serious jail time in certain States.
While this remains the case, while people like Hillary continue to stand in the way of the will of the people on this matter, while the opinions of
the powerful are considered before and with greater weight than the opinions of the voting public, there is little hope of any broad and positive
change to this situation. That is an absolute disgrace, but you have to remember that Hillary Clinton is a pro-war, anti-liberty, freedom hating
she-monster from the deepest depths of Hell. She supports the intelligence services in their quest to steal your private data. She supports the
military industrial complex in their desire to make a heap of money by murdering people, most of whom have never done a damned thing wrong. She
supports the people who own your nation, in their quest to rinse every last dollar and nickle out of every one of you, and hold you all down so that
you can never fight the power that has been purchased out from under you.
That does not make her any different than any other person who may be running for president, but I think it is wise to be absolutely certain about
motivations here. The motivations of the companies demanding her fealty is that they want to continue to make money without competition. Her
motivation is that she wants support and power more than she desires her next breath.