CANNABIS CULTURE- There are medicines that we can supply ourselves – mostly herbal medicines – which also happen to be, on average, safer, cheaper and more effective than the synthetics. The advantage of synthetics seem to be mostly producer advantages – they can be patented and monopolized.
Creating a herb monopoly can be challenging, as the governments faced with cannabis legalization are currently finding.
One way synthetics can maintain their artificial advantage over herbs is by preventing herbs from being covered under the health care system.
It works sort of like this:
Basically, what the links below say is that the average costs of safety and efficacy testing to turn any drug into one with a DIN (Drug Identification Number) costs more than any cannabis company has access to, and may even cost more than the entire cannabis economy all together.
- November 2016, became the first company in the marijuana industry to achieve elusive $1 billion “unicorn” status. They had a $2 billion valuation on November 16, one week after eight US states passed ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana in some form.
This means that herbs need to get all the benefits of a DIN number while at the same time only having to satisfy NHP (Natural Healthcare Product) standards,
In this late stage of the game, cannabis activists and herbal medicine activists must join forces and get coverage for all the herbs – or “legalization” will benefit only those who can afford the highly over-regulated, under-subsidized herbs.