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An Embattled Pharmaceutical Company That Sells the Powerful Painkiller Fentanyl Has Donated $500,000 to Campaign Opposing Pot Legalization, Pro-Legalization Campaign Says 'We Are Truly Shocked.' (Video)

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(N.Morgan) The shady pharmaceutical company that distributes the dangerous painkiller Fentanyl has donated $500,000 toward defeating a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal under Arizona law.

In the eyes of pot legalization proponents, it’s difficult to imagine a more sinister donor than Insys Therapeutics Inc. It is also more evidence that the pro pot movement have been validated by this latest move by Insys, since they have alleged for many years that the big drug companies want to keep cannabis illegal to corner the market for drugs, some addictive and dangerous, that relieve pain and other symptoms.

Insys currently markets just one product, according to an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission: a sublingual fentanyl spray it calls Subsys.

Two former company employees pleaded not guilty last month to federal charges related to an alleged kickback scheme to get doctors to prescribe Subsys.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit late last month against the company alleging Insys hawked the drug to doctors for off-label prescribing, saying the company’s “desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid significantly more potent than heroin that can cause overdoses, especially when it’s used to cut the supply of illegally sourced drugs.

During his autopsy,it was found the musician Prince died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose in April.

Insys made its very generous contribution to the anti-legalization campaign group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy on Aug. 31, according to information posted online by the Arizona secretary of state’s office.

Advocates for the marijuana legalization initiative Proposition 205, which is up 10 percentage points in a poll released Wednesday by the Arizona Republic, condemned the donation.

J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the initiative-backing Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said in a statement that “we are truly shocked by our opponents’ decision to keep a donation from what appears to be one of the more unscrupulous members of Big Pharma.”

Holyoak continued: “Our opponents have made a conscious decision to associate with this company. They are now funding their campaign with profits from the sale of opioids – and maybe even the improper sale of opioids.

We hope that every Arizonan understands that Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is now a complete misnomer. Their entire campaign is tainted by this money. Any time an ad airs against Prop. 205, the voters should know that it was paid for by highly suspect Big Pharma actors.”

From 2011 through at least last year, Insys also sold a second product: a generic equivalent to Marinol, a synthetic version of the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which the Food and Drug Administration allows for treatment of cancer and HIV-related symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite, which cannabis advocates say the raw plant material can treat without a corporate middleman.

Insys said in its August filing it has no plans to resume those sales, though it is preparing a similar drug.

Marijuana legalization supporters state legal access to cannabis, which does not cause overdose deaths, could help combat overuse of medicine that serves as an on-ramp to potentially life-destroying addictions.

Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded in 2014, after studying the effects of state medical marijuana laws through 2010, that “medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.”

Presently, 25 states have laws allowing residents to use marijuana as medicine, though the plant remains a federally illegal Schedule I substance, which is defined as having no accepted medical value.

The Obama administration had permitted states broad leeway to regulate sales of marijuana for recreational or medical use, despite federal prohibition. President Trump has not addressed the issue, but during his presidential campaign said he would follow the same guildlines.

Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in an initiative that won by about a 4,000-vote margin in 2010, and supporters of this year’s legalization initiative expect the ultimate vote to be close again, perhaps the closest of the five states – including Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California – that also will consider joining the four pioneering pot legalization states and the nation’s capital in November.

Pro-legalization campaign spokesman Barrett Marson says if the other side has any shame they will return Insys’ donation, which is far and away the largest received by opponents to date.

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    • 2QIK4U

      Nothing like a Xanax nation…. 😖

      • Sean

        Prescription DRUGS is a 1 TRILLION Federal Reserve Notes a Year Business Worldwide.

        This is very old and did something on it 4 or 5 years ago

        If you research roots, plants, herbs, etc. and then research magic potions, witchcraft, Satanism, etc. and then look at what prescription drugs have in them and start researching what combinations of prescription drugs people are given or what is combined to make a certain pill, etc. then you will start to understand.

        You’re Body is Organic that’s what the video I did called Be Fruitful and Multiply is about.

        And the other called Human Nature

        The first thing is curing the Soul or Spirit and that comes only from The Grace of God.

        Unlike Morgan who wants to by pass the Son or thinks she will, its done through you’re own Soul/Heart/Son that is the small door you must enter, the size of a Mustard Seed with ALL you’re Heart and Soul.

        Remember Morgan, blowing you’re sins into a Chicken is nothing more then a “Cheap Magicians Trick.”

        Every year, Jews around the world engage in an age-old ritual called kappa rot, in which an individual swings a chicken over his head imbuing it with His Sins.

        • 2QIK4U

          Don’t you mean Alchemy? Most pharmaceuticals are made from rocks dirt….. MINERALS. That’s what our body’s are filled with. Iron copper brass gold! Calcium oils etc but we will eat the herbs to maintain the metals in our magnetic watery fields

        • airportengineer

          So true! Ive had chronic pain for 20 yrs, when I went to a healing service after realizing Jesus was real and I’ve been pulled away from our creator, I went a full week without an ounce of pain or pain Medicine. The following weekend when I was ministering to my kids about my healing and Jesus, all of sudden my thumb shot with fire from the Holy Spirit. It was the thumb I lost 25 yrs prior at a factory I was working at during my summer off from college. At that moment, I had to drop what was in my hand because that thumb that didn’t have any feeling felt like I had been struck by the hottest lightning bolt. Within a few seconds the fire went away, and I explained to the kids what happened and I explained that the Holy Spirit must want my thumb fixed first. Within a week, my leg pain started to return, and every day that I would minister to my kids the same night my thumb would pulsate like it had a mini heart pu,ping blood from one side of the thumb and around the tip over to the other side sooooo hard that I could barely get to sleep. On the days I didn’t discuss the Bible or Jesus, no pulsing of blood at night thru that thumb.

          In 6 weeks, the thumb that I had lost down to the bone grew back to the exact length as the good thumb! It was his way of saying, I know you’re suffering, but you still have work to do,and my full healing will come on Gods time!

          Check out Dr Issam Nemeh at Blind Faith Live dot com (take out spaces or use a search engine) for anyone that wants to learn about TENS of THOUSANDS of miracles just like mine, and how to receive one. Listen to all of their podcasts on your smartphone if you don’t have the internet or computer! I’m not special, I just opened my heart, prayed A LOT and I mean tearful and repentful prayers! And I didn’t have any doubt in my mind I was going to receive a healing! I may not have known what the healing would be or when, but I knew it was going to happen because Jesus lives us more than we can ever imagine!

          Anyways, you are correct about healing the spirit!

    • truck driver

      Heroin overdose deaths are from pain relievers in Ohio. So medicine is heroin

      • 2QIK4U

        Unfortunately that was the original reason they started importing it cos Vietnam

    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3,

      Charlie here. Naturally a company will protect its territory. Am not surprised they would fork out so much money.

      But why become a drugnut when there is doughnuts? They are still relatively cheap. Safeway has it on sale time to time. For $5 you can get a dozen doughnuts.

      And EVERYBODY LOVES doughnuts! There are always happy faces when people eat doughnuts. :lol: :lol:

      Maybe I should get them to classify doughnuts as a controlled substance? Can you imagine getting a prescription for doughnuts? :lol: :lol:


      Charlie (proud to say you cannot overdose on doughnuts) :lol: :lol:

    • Man

      i don’t see what the crime is.

      It isn’t illegal to produce painkillers.

      It is the doctor or the patients who doesn’t follow subscription use.

      Similar to guns. Guns don’t kill people. It is the people who use gun that kill people

      So then you have that weed bill, You can also get addicted to weed.

      what is so evil that a company want to stop this bill?

      I really don’t get the outrage about this article


      N. Morgan..

      study the past, know the present, determine the future.

      • Pink Slime

        Eat doughnuts! :lol:

        • 2QIK4U

          With chocolate milk✨

    • airportengineer

      They’ve admitted nobody has EVER overdosed from pot, and it reduces seizures and brain cancer symptoms……hmm? They talk out of both sides their mouths, depending upon who gets to control the supply!

      Heck, I’ve never had pot in my life, and it makes me want to try it just to piss them off! When they want to dictate the kids who can benefit fnrom this PLANT, the I have heartburn with their rules!

    • TRUTHY1

      Morons ?!!! Pro-Legalization Campaign Says ‘We Are Truly Shocked.’ Put out the Joint and pay attention !! The pharmaceutical industry does not try to, or want to, “cure” anything ! “desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes.” They only “treat ” diseases and conditions that are a direct result of their own products !! Tainted and poisonous Vaccines, Deadly cancer treatments and flu shots, Hormone disrupting medicines that break down into poisonous substances inside our bodies. What kind of Idiots are at the top of “Legalization” boards and Organizations and what in the Hell do they know !??

    • Anonymous

      There is something hard for a rational person to understand. That is also to say I am alone in this, being BeforeItsNews. This N. Morgan has these huge view counts. Some of the stories don’t seem dumb enough click bait. Take this story, why are there only 13 comments, before this comment? Evidence is N. Morgan’s view counts are inflated by x10, you would have to conclude, unless you’re an idiot, which you most likely are. There may only be a half a dozen people who come here, who aren’t BeforeItsNews or bots. Likely you mainly have a conversation with one dumbass schizo at BeforeItsNews.

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