July 22, 2006, Originally published online in A View From the Street
The more I learn about the synthetic medication called Marinol, the more irritated I get about it, because, probation officers are now suggesting that their clients that are on medical marijuana, stop using it and "just why aren't you using Marinol anyway?" The obvious answer is that the doctor did not tell the patient to take Marinol, the doctor suggested that the patient use marijuana for their health condition. I have heard that judges are suggesting that their probationers on medical marijuana "ought" to be using Marinol.
One judge told a probationer that "you're not going to be sitting at home smoking marijuana, while you are on probation to me, use Marinol." And by the way judge, just why do you think you can prescribe medicine from the bench? (The judge probably slams down a couple of whiskeys with his Viagra, hoping to get lucky.) As a cop, I know there are many power abusers on the bench in black robes. Most judges are full of themselves. But my point is they think that Marinol is the same as marijuana .
IT IS NOT!!
The Pharma-crooks have taken a simple but wonderful herb, synthesised one single cannabanoid, THC suspended it in sesame oil so you can't smoke it, then sell it for $970.00 per month. $970.00 a month is what one patient I talked to spends for Marinol to treat his long standing nausea. $970 JUST TO KEEP FROM PUKING.
My God, that IS mad science, mad pharma-science, for sure, when you take a simple herb you can grow for a couple of dollars an ounce, (I've done it,) take a teeny part of it and synthesise it, call it Dronabanol and sell it for $970. Their stock holders must be so proud. To me Marinol represents the slime and the greed that is the pharma-crooks. This slime and greed standard was set by Merck pharmaceuticals (in my opinion) They are the folks that sold us Vioxx. Vioxx killed 55,000 with heart attacks and stroke and disables thousand more. Did our government arrest any one, indict any one, or fine anyone for this mass murder?
NO. OUR GOVERNMENT AND BIG PHARMA ARE ONE AND THE SAME.
Has anyone figured out how much anti-depression medicine big pharma is selling in Iraq. How much Prozac, how much Zanex, how much Valium? Our pharma-government (that's one word now) creates confusion and disaster for profit.
I'm also reminding you that is was George Herbert walker Bush that canceled, discontinued, and destroyed the Federal medical marijuana program, the program that still provides 300 marijuana cigarettes a month, BY MAIL, to the 6 or 7 remaining living patients. I'm also reminding you that he was a major stockholder in Eli Lilly at the time. I can just hear the conversations that must have occurred. "Now George, we can't let people grow their own medicine, it will ruin us. Besides our stuff is addicting. Get it George? They'll keep coming back and they'll pay our price."
Now I'll leave it up to you to decide if his stock holdings and the conversations with his crony's influenced his decision to kill the Federal program?
The good Lord gave us all the plants to use. He put it on the
very first page of the bible (Gen:Ch1 v11) so we couldn't miss it. Man
made drugs out of them, addicting the world to their chemicals, and
themselves and their stockholders to profit and greed. My favorite
doctor and partner on television , Dr. Thomas Orvald, a heart transplant
surgeon will tell you that there are some good and useful drugs. That
is very true, but I'm still looking for a good "drug company" one that I
can refer to with out using the words, Pharma-crook, pharma-terrorist
or pharma-bastards. So far no luck!
By Don DuPay
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