Top Reasons Why Cannabis Users Mistrust the Government & Big Pharma
Cannabis users have notoriously been known to distrust the government. Now with vaccine mandates being peddled on a national scale – many people are weighing out the option of being fired for not complying.
Of course, the politicization of the virus has lumped those who do not wish to comply with the vaccine mandate as “anti-vaxxers” when in reality there are many people who simply don’t trust the government or Big Pharma for several legitimate reasons.
Today, we’re going to be exploring some of the most notorious incidents when the government abused its power and manipulated the public in one way or another, as well as moments when Big Pharma violated our trust.
Perhaps you don’t remember due to all the shitfuckery of late – but pre-pandemic there were global protests all over the world, from the United States to China.
When the pandemic hit – it was as if the fuse of a great social bomb was removed and now, with people on lockdown – I have a feeling we’re only throwing napalm on it all. With dichotomous politics dividing citizens on topics such as health, freedom of choice and the likes – it’s important to take a step back and understand why some people simply don’t trust the government and their corporate sponsors.
A brief overview of mistrust
Since 1958, the National Election Study began asking Americans about their degree of trust in the government. When they began asking this question, 73% of the American people believed that the government was “doing the right thing most of the time”.
However, the Vietnam War quickly began eroding this trust and by the 1970s with the Water Gate Scandal, the American people were 54% sure that the Government was on the up-and-up.
By 1980, only 26% of Americans trusted the government. Then during the Raegan era, under the guise of the drug war – the government “went tough on crime” while waging a Cold War with Russia that was winding down into its last decade.
By the mid-1990s, the overall trust in the government was in the low 20%.
After that, 9/11 created an artificial peak of trust in the government, but only a decade after the fact, public trust reached a historic low of 10%.
During the current administration, according to Pew – 24% of Americans Trust the Government.
However, there’s also a poll we can look at which is the “disapproval rating of Congress” – another data point.
Similarly, there is a consistent trend within these polls that correlate with the other ones – showing a general distrust of the government.
Remember that time when the government lied about marijuana?
Now let’s look at more cannabis-specific offenses caused by Uncle Sam.
There are so many examples to choose from but I’ll limit this section to the major offenses.
Harry J. Anslinger Dupes America – Reefer Madness is a period where outright lies were published in newspapers, and actively promoted by the government. While the degree of reefer madness have been dialed down in modern times – we still see this kind of deception being promoted on mainstream media sites and scientific journals. Only recently research has been undoing the misconceptions created by this.
1970 CSA and Nixon – The Controlled Substance Act and the Declaration of the War on Drugs by Nixon gave the FDA control over drug scheduling. They were supposed to be the people who “protect the American Public”, but when the Drug War took center stage, politicization of drugs and private interests from drug manufacturers made them “bend the rules” and keep cannabis a schedule I drug, knowing that it is not the same as heroin! Not to mention Pharma provides 75% of the FDAs budget – no need to suspect anything!
The Gateway Theory and D.A.R.E - The Gateway theory is just one of the many lies told by the government which were perpetuated by organizations like DARE. Here’s five more lies told by the government as reported by NORML.
Government Poisoned Cannabis users – Remember Paraquat? That’s when the State Department encouraged the Mexican government to spray Paraquat on crops, which eventually made its way north and was consumed by Americans. I guess it’s okay for a few stoners to die in order to keep everyone safe from the devil’s lettuce!
The Prison Population – Look no further than the swollen prison population, the vast majority of them in there for some related drug charge. The idea is that by arresting people for consuming drugs you make it safer for everyone else – however, since the dawn of the war on drugs, this strategy has proven to do the opposite yet this has not stopped the government from continuing this practice.
Biden’s Admin – They said that they would decriminalize cannabis, that it wouldn’t be a problem – but since the Biden Admin took power, Kamala Harris reversed her position on cannabis, the White House fired Staffers for admitting to cannabis use, and no effort towards decriminalization have been taken by the administration.
However, this is just weed related offences. If we look at some Pharma Phuckups, you’ll see even more reasons why not to trust the government nor the agencies alleged to protect us from these corporations.
I’ll put it in the words of Drug Watch;
Big Pharma is also the biggest defrauder of the Federal Government under the False Claims Act, according to consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.
The industry has a history of fraud, bribery, lawsuits and scandals. Despite criminal charges and fines, Big Pharma companies continue to do business. - Source
From 1998 to 2016, Big Pharma has spent well over $3.5 Billion on lobbying expenses.
In 2011, Merck pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the marketing and sales of Vioxx. The company agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $950 million to resolve its misconduct.
In a 24-year period, Big Pharma companies paid 373 settlements for marketing fraud. The settlements totaled $35.7 billion.
Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest health care company. It paid $2.2 billion in 2013 for improperly marketing its drug Risperdal.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more shitfuckery that abounds and the FDA is virtually being funded by these guys.
The Sticky Bottom Line
I don’t reserve an opinion on the vaccination efforts. I do take issue with the government attempting to force people to take drugs against their will – even if there is a pandemic happening.
These organizations have a long standing history of abuse and misconduct. The FDA has direct ties with the pharmaceutical industry and the pharmaceutical industry spends more on lobbying than any other industry in the world.
If you’re not the least bit skeptical about their actions, then you are willfully ignorant. As cannabis users have known for decades – you can’t really trust “The Man”.
So perhaps, if someone says that they are inclined not to get vaccinated – maybe they might have other reasons than being “anti-vax”.
The pandemic may be raging, but that didn’t suddenly turn profit seeking heartless organizations into caring entities either…