Rob Kendall Show
Is Big Pharma The Reason for Political Resistance to Medical Marijuana?
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Political resistance to the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Indiana is an increasingly painful frustration for Hoosiers battling debilitating pain on a daily basis. When considered in the context of a nationwide opioid epidemic, the arguments against medical cannabis seem increasingly less valid.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma are arguably two of the most prominent politicians who have voiced their opposition, and WIBC host Rob Kendall says he believes financial contributions and influence from big pharma is the primary reason why:
"I told you yesterday that I was willing to bet I would find a whole bunch of donations from big pharma to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma, and low and behold, I went to the Secretary of State website and the very first form I clicked for Governor Holcomb was a $10,000 donation from Eli Lilly. After conducting further research, I discovered a total of $53,000 in combined donations from Lilly to Governor Eric Holcomb and Brian Bosma."
Governor Holcomb said in October that while he's sympathetic to cancer patients and others who claim medical benefits from marijuana, there are scientific and legal hurdles to clear before he'd support making it legal.
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