While there is a long history of opposition to sensible marijuana policy reform from some big pharmaceutical companies, September saw the biggest financial donation from such a company against a legalization ballot initiative to date, and their motives couldn’t be more blatant.
According to campaign finance reports, the committee formed to oppose Prop. 205, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, received a $500,000 contribution on August 31 from Insys Therapeutics, Inc. According to a CNBC investigative piece about the Chandler-based company â titled âThe pain killer: A drug company putting profits above patientsâ â Insys Therapeuticâs revenue is âalmost entirely derived from the highly addictive opiate fentanyl,â which experts call âthe most potent and dangerous opioid on the market.â Insysâs aggressive marketing and other shady business practices have triggered multiple state and federal investigations, including one conducted by the Arizona Attorney General.
The front page of Insysâs website also touts its development of âpharmaceutical cannabinoids,â which are synthetic versions of natural chemical compounds found in marijuana.
A number of major media outlets reported on the clear intent to protect profits at the expense of public health and individual freedom, but neither Insys, nor the campaign dedicated toÂ arresting adults for using something that is safer than alcohol, have shown any sign of remorse.