Is Big Pharma set to corner the American market on medical marijuana?

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    Apr 22, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Personally I think they should deregulate and legalize it all.

    http://washingtonindependent.com/108259/is-big-pharma-set-to-corner-the-american-market-on-medical-marijuana

    The American Independent has previously reported on the growing corporatization of the incipient medical marijuana industry at a time when medical marijuana dispensaries scrabble to hold on to their businesses in the face of a multi-pronged federal crackdown. But there are signs afoot that it just may become ever more corporate if a Big Pharma push to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recognize a cannabis-derived drug is successful.

    Last week, British prescription drug manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals announced a licensing agreement with drug giant Novartis, maker of Ritalin and Excedrin, to begin selling GW’s drug Sativex in markets across Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East. The medication is already available in Britain, where it’s produced and marketed by Bayer, and in Canada and Spain. It’s on the market in those countries as a liquid that patients spray under the tongue and is prescribed primarily for sufferers of multiple sclerosis and cancer.

    [...] Can pharmaceutical clout bring FDA approval?

    So how are pharmaceutical companies looking to succeed where medical marijuana dispensaries are failing in getting marijuana recognized by the FDA without any federal agencies breathing down their necks? One answer could be in the clout the industry holds in Washington.

    The pharmaceutical industry is far and away the biggest spender on federal lobbying. Between 1998 and 2010, Big Pharma spent more than $2 billion sending lobbyists to the capital to fight for industry-friendly legislation and regulations. This is over half a billion more than the amount spent in the same period by pharmaceuticals’ closest competitor, the insurance industry, and nearly twice what oil and gas companies spent. The medical marijuana lobby, less than six months old and consisting almost entirely of Steve Fox (backed by NCIA director Aaron Smith and a handful of dispensary owners and enthusiasts), could never compete.

    All this puts the surging federal clampdown on medical marijuana in a new light. As nationwide support for medical marijuana reaches record levels, it may just be the pharmaceutical industry that rides that wave of support to huge profits.
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    Apr 22, 2011 2:39 PM GMT
    Marinol is already FDA approved.

    Sativex will be too. Not really because of clout.

    Opium could be used for pain, but we dont need to smoke it anymore.

    Sativex is just a cleaner and safer way . Its a sublingual formulation.


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    Apr 23, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Society is so ridiculous.
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    Don't look for any sort of deregulation of THC for the private grower, if Big Pharma gets its way with medical marijuana.

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    Apr 23, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidDon't look for any sort of deregulation of THC for the private grower, if Big Pharma gets its way with medical marijuana.



    Well, I wouldn't necessarily support "deregulation" for the wholesale opening of distributors who would just want to sell and make a profit .

    I am for deregulation for personal use.
    Once you package, and sell a product believe it or not you are stepping outside your personal role then into the area that the federal government controls.

    Controls are not actually a bad thing. If not for controls, you would have so called "practitioners" growing poppy to treat chronic pain, etc etc.

    Sativex, is actually not synthetic. Its purified cannabis. And if it is FDA approved the DEA likely will put it as schedule 3 , making it available to patients in all 50 states.

    fyi Today one of the"pot doc" clinics on Venice Beach was raided by the Medical Board. This clinic is bad for medicine. And was soliciting business on the street amongst tourists.
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    Apr 23, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    Controls (for the sake of providing a licensed, measured dosage) is certainly good.

    But I'd realllly like to be able to grow my own strains for making my cookies without fear of being put in the hoosegow for the restmof my natural born days. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidDon't look for any sort of deregulation of THC for the private grower, if Big Pharma gets its way with medical marijuana.



    We're not even allowed to buy prescription medication from Canada! It's "unsafe"... does anyone realllly think "medical" marijuana won't eventually be owned by big pharmaceuticals? They control ALL medication policy in this country.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    sdgman said
    alphatrigger saidDon't look for any sort of deregulation of THC for the private grower, if Big Pharma gets its way with medical marijuana.



    We're not even allowed to buy prescription medication from Canada! It's "unsafe"... does anyone realllly think "medical" marijuana won't eventually be owned by big pharmaceuticals? They control ALL medication policy in this country.


    Well I believe that people have a right to do whatever they want with there bodies.
    When you take the leap to produce and sell something that has claims behind it, that is a different story. Necessary regulation is needed.

    One swig of cocaine from a "coca cola" could cause an arrhythmia and your dead.( We need reasonable controls on substances sold that make medical claims, )

    As for big Pharma, yes they have cannabis based chemicals in the pipeline. But we will benefit from these novel compounds.

    For most medical problems, I dont really need to prescribe outside of the generic drug class.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    Dude Im so baked right now.......................
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    Apr 24, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    Riddler, I agree with you on this one, deregulate and legalizing it all would cut organized crime right out of it, we could close a lot of jails, but of course that would piss off a lot of republican backers who are getting rich by Private prison ownership, just ask the Arizona Governor how many backers she would lose.
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    Apr 24, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    realifedad said Riddler, I agree with you on this one, deregulate and legalizing it all would cut organized crime right out of it, we could close a lot of jails, but of course that would piss of a lot of republican backers who are getting rich by Private prison ownership, just ask the Arizona Governor how many backers she would lose.


    I agree with riddler on this; the taxes on it could help pay down our govt's debt and/or help fund healthcare (Canada) (providing they used it for that).

    -Doug