During the course of the campaign, I’ll be posting, well, pleas for money. But pleading for money isn’t really my thing, so I’m getting it out of the way right up front. Please contribute to the Scarlet Theater. Buy a membership, or a lighter, or a membership and a lighter.
That said, we can’t pretend that what we’re doing isn’t at the center of a debate. And these are the terms of that debate.
VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.
We’re winning a rigged game, is what this amounts to. The forces that have allied against the cause of cannabis are a sort of real-life Legion of Doom: the pharmaceutical companies, drug enforcement, and private prisons. Big Pharma is engaging here in the same tactics that Big Tobacco used in the ’90s: Paid experts spouting the company line. Tobacco is not addictive. Marijuana is not medicine. It’s the same bit, meant to muddle consensus to benefit the company line. At the cost of human misery. Continuing with VICE:
Take, for example, Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University. Kleber has impeccable academic credentials, and has been quoted in the press and in academic publications warning against the use of marijuana, which he stresses may cause wide-ranging addiction and public health issues. But when he’s writing anti-pot opinion pieces for , or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what’s left unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultantto leading prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (the producer of a painkiller called Nurofen), and Alkermes (the producer of a powerful new opioid called Zohydro).
Here’s what that money will buy you, from Kleber’s academic writings:
Most of the evidence for marijuana’s efficacy remains anecdotal. Further, acceptable alternatives are available for all of the above conditions, including synthetic THC agents and other non-THC FDA-approved medications.
So, it’s just that one guy, right, VICE?
Dr. A. Eden Evins, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a frequent critic of efforts to legalize marijuana … Dr. Mark L. Kraus, who runs a private practice and is a board member to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, submitted testimonyin 2012 in opposition to a medical marijuana law in Connecticut.
Son of a bitch. Oh yeah, and the ones identified by VICE are by no means the only ones. Dr. Eric Voth, an internist from Topeka, wrote this op-ed, referring to Colorado’s cannabis legalization as a “public health nightmare.” Dr. Voth has also been on Pfizer’s payroll, according to ProPublica. That’s just the first name I thought of. Check your own favorite anti-cannabis activist physician and tell us what you find in the comments.
To quote Upton Sinclair, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on him not understanding it.” Marijuana criminalization makes a lot of money for a lot of people, and their cash cow is threatened.
We downplay it when we’re talking around the office, but we’re part of that threat: By offering a legal place for people to congregate andenjoy cannabis, we can show how non-threatening such a place really is. And the other part, a community movie theater, is a great thing in any community.
So help us make that happen. Your contribution today will make sure we can deliver a best-in-the-Rockies moviegoing experience along with our amazing cannabis lounge!
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