Why are pill makers allowed to profit from their medication in the United States, when in 14 states, marijuana is a legal medicine, but producers and sellers are not allowed to make a profit? This doesn't seem like a constitutional law. This seems to me very unconstitutional and very monopolistic.
The US Government holds a patent on cannabinoids as antioxidents and neuroprotectants, but classifies marijuana as schedule 1; having no medicinal value. At the same time, the US Government owns and operates the only "legal" facility where marijuana is grown and dispensed as medicine to numerous federal marijuana patients. We, the taxpayer, pick up the tab on this, by the way. Seems to me the government not only acknowledges marijuana's medical benefit, but profits from it by taxing its citizens to pay for it. People get paid salaries to grow it, care for it, dry and cure it, and ship it. Millions of dollars of taxpayer money create profit for the government's own little marijuana industry.
Yet, in 14 states plus Washington DC, medical marijuana is legal through state legislation or voter initiative. The medicine is legal, possessing it for medicinal purposes with a doctor's prescription is legal, producing the medicine is NOT legal. This is insane. The government then creates a black market in which the stuff is produced in mass quantity, and they put on the occasional show of eradicating a few fields of it. So essentially, the black market is tolerated, but then they impose laws that say they cannot profit from the sale and distribution of this medicine because its production is still illegal. Meanwhile, Big Pharma is mass producing poisons in the disguise of medicine and profiting in the trillions.
Our civil rights are being trampled by the very existence of prohibition. It breeds corruption at every level and could never be reigned in. The only way to end the conflicting laws, overpopulation of prisons, and general hypocrisy is to end prohibition. Your civil rights are being dwindled daily as long as it continues.