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July 06, 2018
Amid the shifting landscape of cannabis throughout the country, there are still various major institutes and industries that oppose the legalization of strain. Let’s have a look at some of the major stakeholder that hold anti-cannabis stance.
Law Enforcement Agencies
Law enforcement officials haven’t been swayed away by the ongoing cannabis reforms. Even in the states where cannabis has become legal, the attitude of police officers hasn’t changed much and it’s quite understandable. The war on drugs has given police officers an extraordinary authority and they don’t want to let it go.
With prohibition in place, law enforcement agencies get generous funding on both state and federal level. Asset-forfeiture, an important part of drug-related convictions also result in extra proceedings for the departments. This is the reason why law enforcement entities run unsubstantiated campaigns against the strain and staunchly opposes its legalization.
Big Pharmaceutical Companies
Big Pharma is running the entire operations of conventional medications and the growing evidence of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits has threatened the mainstream drug industry. Pharmaceutical companies have reacted in two distinct ways to the emergence of an alternative for conventional medical treatments.
Some companies are now trying to get cannabis added into the protocol of pain management medication manufacturing. For that, they are supporting cannabis activists on their legalization campaigns.
However, most of them are still supporting the status quo. They are strongly opposing the legalization of cannabis at every platform. It is important to note that Big Pharma has indirectly played a role in decreased life expectancy in the country. The exponential increase in opioid-related deaths has contributed to dipping life-expectancy rates and opioid-abuse is strongly connected to prescription medicines.
Private prisons have also become an obstacle in the way of legalization. It is quite simple that private prisons operate for profits as compared to government-run facilities. With cannabis remains as a prohibited substance, there will always be a good number of cannabis convicts serving jail times resulting in increased profits for private prisons.
According to one statistics, the statewide legalization has resulted in potential losses of around two billion dollars for prisons running in the private domain. Legalization of cannabis is actually threatening the profit model of private prisons. Therefore, people representing private prisons have also joined the anti-cannabis camp.
Cannabis reforms are not just about getting consumable marijuana legal. It also entails the legalization of hemp, a non-psychoactive cannabis species, for industrial proposes. Among many commercial uses, hemp is known for paper manufacturing. This means paper production ventures will be available with a new and cheap raw material to sustain their operations.
This will definitely threaten the existing forestry operations that cater to paper production companies. So, major forestry players also don’t want the legalization of cannabis.
All the aforementioned entities have a tremendous influence on state and federal policies. Politicians need money for their election campaigns and these businesses generously donate to the candidates pledging to protect their interests. This implies that the opposition to legalization will be there regardless of the changed public opinion.