10.04.2016
culture

Justin Bieber Tweets Out for Team Legal Weed

Much is forgiven.

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber has taken a small, meaningful step toward respectability with a tweet alerting his Twitter following to an opioid-maker’s attempt to derail legal weed in Arizona.

A $500,000 donation put up by pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics to campaign against Arizona’s Proposition 205 was widely reported as grossly hypocritical and self-serving by pro-pot media in early September.

But wide reporting in the pro-pot media hardly matches the reach of Bieber’s 88.6 million followers. All of those Beliebers are now in a position to know that Insys Therapeutics manufactures and markets the deadly narcotic fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince. Insys Therapeutics is also developing a drug called Syndros, based on synthetic THC, to treat symptoms suffered by cancer and AIDS patients.

Certainly not all of Bieber’s 88.6 million Twitter followers now know who's to blame for America’s spiking opioid fatality counts, but the more who do know, the better.

Statistics indicate that legal marijuana will cut down the market share for both fentanyl and Syndros. Given an option, patients seeking relief from cancer, AIDS, and chronic pain often choose weed over pharmaceuticals. That patient preference, it seems, has driven pharmaceutical companies to go the extra unethical inch to push their life-threatening drugs.

Insys Therapeutics, for instance, is under federal investigation for improper marketing of fentanyl in an effort to pump as many pills as possible into America’s collective bloodstream. In fact, three former Insys employees have been arrested related to kickback schemes that allegedly incentivized fentanyl use.

At the time of the arrests, FBI Assistant Director Diego Rodriguez said, "This [Insys Therapeutics] case is one of the reasons we’re experiencing an epidemic of overdoses and deaths in this country."

Certainly not all of Bieber’s 88.6 million Twitter followers now know who's to blame for America’s spiking opioid fatality counts, but the more who do know, the better.

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