Politics

High Thoughts – Trump and the Pharmacy

Trump has been a pretty vocal critic of Big Pharmacy’s inflated prices and outsourced production.  So it’s reassuring to learn (after Tuesday’s meeting with pharmaceutical CEOs) that he’s trying to do something which, (on the surface) looks pretty good.  Unfortunately, after partaking in a bit of ganja and setting the ol’ cog wheels spinning, this doesn’t seem that great for the people, or for marijuana.   

The most positive thing to have developed during Tuesday’s meeting, was Trump’s call for lower prices.  Something which would allow for an exponential increase in accessibility for those in need of critical medical assistance. 

Additionally, the President also addressed the current issues associated with manufacturing western medicine.  These included it’s outsourced production, and strict homeland regulations that prevent many companies from producing medications locally.  Thereby proving another favorable development that could provide a greater job market for the economy. 

At first glance, all this seems to be an excellent opportunity for millions of prescription users everywhere.  But underneath the surface of the pretty picture painted, lies other questions.  Such as, why were these regulations in place, and why are the pharmaceutical companies taking the idea of a price cut so amicably? 

First, lets talk about money.  No one ever wants to lose money.  Especially corporations. 

Let me say this another way. 

Corporations want to take as much money from the people as possible -that’s their ultimate goal.  So if they’re readily agreeing to price cuts, I’m suspicious.  Mainly because there’s a hundred other ways for a company to continually increase profits after taking “price cuts”.  One of which, is putting a slight raise on all drugs across the board in conjunction with adding scheduled price increases.  A move that would undoubtably increase revenue. 

Second, the idea of removing strict regulations that prevent homeland production also seems a little fishy.  Anyone can watch one of the trillions of pharmacy commercials available, and lay witness to the infinite side effects that may occur from the use of these products.  Many times, doctors have to prescribe additional medicines to combat these side effects.  Which raises the question, are these medicines even really good for consumption? 

FDA regulations are installed to ensure the health and safety of United States citizens.  This makes any attack on those regulations a theoretical attack on our wellbeing.  By easing the severity of these regulations, the President would allow less stringent manufacturing processes that would be designed for profitability and productivity, rather than safety and wellbeing. 

Ultimately, all of this ignores the numerous benefits of cannabis.  A sad reality that prohibits many from understanding the many positives that weed possesses in favor of an outdated, and conservative line of thinking.  It’s an ideology that embraces the corporate world and all of its power over us, including our health. 

I don’t ask that you give up ‘medicine’, I only ask that you consider all of this next time you unscrew the cap from an orange bottle.  People functioned before pharmaceuticals, and they continue to function just fine in other parts of the world without their aid.  Still, we can only hope that any deal the President makes is only in the best interest of our nation and it’s people.  And not just in the people who run it. 

High Thoughts on Trump

Smoke Session 1

Sometimes when we partake in a little bit of marijuana, ganja, hash, or whatever you wanna call it – our brain gets stimulated.  When this happens, we tend to think creatively about issues weighing on our mind.  Take it as you like, or leave it all in the trash, but these are my thoughts. 

We all know the fantastic things that President Trump has said about women.  In his speeches he tells the world that he loves them, that he treats them with the utmost respect, and that no one is as big a supporter of their rights as he.  Apparently, the verisimilitude of these remarks have convinced many to support him.

Unfortunately, the instant ability to express one’s emotion through Twitter has shown us a different side, as can be seen in his disparaging comments towards Ariana Huffington (to name just one).  It’s too bad that the enormity of his remarks culminates in leaked footage of him explicitly stating, “Grab them by the pussy.”  A statement that was said in the context of his ability to have his way with any women he chooses, as it hints at a more sinister character. 

To make any sort of douchey comment is to display childish and immature behavior.  To say it at the caliber that Donald Trump has sat in most of his life, is irrefutably despicable.  It paints a portent picture of the character beneath the suit, tie, and Mar-a-Lago fiefdom.  One that dreams of control over others and of anything within desire.   

A lot of people I’ve spoken with have agreed that, “Trump is brainwashing the American people,”  (or something like that).  And its funny, because when you look at his comments objectively, and emotionally removed, there is either a certain ambiguity readily apparent behind all of his remarks.  Or, it’s one of two point blank statements – an accusation, or a guarantee.

Recently, Trump has accused the Obama administration of wire tapping his phones, saying, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process,” (misspellings included).  But unlike the supported claims made agains the Trump administration, this one again, holds no factual evidence. 

To me, this is hilarious.  It’s as if Trump believes that Americans will trust anything he says regarding his accusations of scandal, (because he obviously thinks everyone relies on House of Cards for political facts).  Of course, there’s no way that the hit Netflix show factually depicts the daily dealings of our government.  However, it’s still undeniable that shady political affairs occur that the majority of Americans never learn of.  With that said, it seems highly unlikely that President Trump would be the most victimized candidate to ever chance a go at the White House.  Especially when considering Barack Obama, and how he was the first African-American to run for the oval office. 

For Trump to make another unfounded claim right after evidence has surfaced against his administration (Sessions), is for him to point the finger back like a child in defense.  Except that the only thing behind his finger, are a bunch of tears and a whiney ass voice. 

Senators Letter to Sessions on Weed Legalization

letter-leafTwo senators have teamed up to pen a letter to the new attorney general Jeff Sessions after he has been quoted saying, he is “Definitely not a fan of expanded use of Marijuana.”  The letter, by Sens Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asks Sessions to uphold the Obama administration’s policy regarding control of cannabis.  The letter was cosigned by 9 other senators across the nation, unifying a collective opinion on the matter.

Additionally, the letter comes right at the heels of Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett’s proposed bill, titled, “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.”  The bill, if passed, would remove cannabis from the federal controlled substance list and give power to the states.  This would effectively reduce Marijuana from a ‘devil-drug’ to a marketable product no different than alcohol and tobacco; creating another profitable industry in America. 

It’s reassuring to know that pieces of our government are actually working to ensure we retain our rights as Americans, and are not trying to restrict us to a police state, as in V for Vendetta.  Our country needs progress, we need challenge against the status quo, we need leaders.  Otherwise, we risk slipping into a cultural recession, which could only get worse and rob us of more rights.  Ahem* recent travel bans, anyone?

This comes only a week after Spicer’s alarm raising quote on recreational pot use, where he said “When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.”  A ridiculous statement that completely ignores Big Pharmacy’s role in the ongoing heroin epidemic.  As well as, the fact that marijuana is a safe alternative to those addictive substances handed out by doctors.

We can only hope that members of the government will continue to stand up for the people, and that our voice will actually be heard.  After all, it certainly wasn’t Americas voice that elected Trump (electorates!), even though we’re still under the impression it was. 

Out With Sessions, In With Pot Possession

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Government officials are asking for Sessions to resign after new details emerged of close door meetings with the Russian ambassador.  This comes only weeks after his January 2017 confirmation, where he blatantly denied having any contact with Russian officials.

However troubling this is (the ethics of the U.S. Attorney General), it comes as great news for the Marijuana community.  Sessions, the good ol’ American conservative he is, has been very outspoken against weed since coming into office.  A concerning issue that has raised brows amongst many Cannabis proprietors and advocates.

Sessions came to power in the 70s when drug addiction and crime ran rampant across America.  It’s obvious his crotchety old bones are shaking over the way America is progressing, and his priority is to return as soon as possible to the harsh government restrictions of the ‘Crack laws’ era.  A terrifying scenario to think about.

Hopefully Sessions’s time won’t last, or at the very least, he’ll be too distracted to do anything about our pot.  Our country certainly doesn’t need another close minded politician attempting to halt our progress.  Remember, an attack on Marijuana is an attack on our rights.  Stay tuned for more updates, and hopefully an answer on how to get Sessions out.