Recently Justin Bieber has spoken out about the fight between big pharmaceutical companies and the legalization of medical marijuana. On his twitter account, over the weekend, Bieber tweeted “This is important. A friend showed me this. I’m going to be talking more about this. We all need to pay attention”.

What Bieber was tweeting about was a video posted on the Facebook pageJustin Bieber Supports Medical Marijuana Research @Attn. The video lasts less than 60 seconds but breaks down the battle between Big Pharma and advocates of medical marijuana.

In the past decade over $880 million has been spent by pharmaceutical companies in the fight to block the legalization of medical marijuana. More than 20,000 people died in 2014 from opioid overdoses, yet the establishment continues to push the highly addictive pain medications. Why? Because this is where Big Parma makes their money. Medical marijuana, despite its continuing Schedule 1 drug classification, is poised to be of great benefit to alleviate the opioid crisis currently gripping our country. While data is not yet conclusive that marijuana decreases opioid usage, it is highly suggestive that is the case. Additional research and research funding is needed to answer the question “to what degree will medical marijuana reduce the rapidly escalating opioid addiction in the US?”

One thing is certain – whatever your opinion of Justin Bieber is as an entertainer, his advocacy of this issue can only open dialogue, enhance funding and move the legalization of medical marijuana down the field.

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