According to an article by The Guardian, a pharmaceutical company called Insys lobbied against marijuana legalization in Arizona; and then was approved for a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical five months later.

As marijuana legalization swept the US in November, Arizona was alone in its rejection of legal weed. There, a pharmaceutical company called Insys was a major backer of the successful campaign to stop the state’s recreational cannabis measure, publicly arguing that pot businesses would be bad for public health and endanger children.

But to marijuana activists, the motive of Insys was clear – to squash the competition.

Confirming those suspicions, Insys has now received approval from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to develop its own synthetic marijuana, the latest case of Big Pharma battling small cannabis growers.

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is supposedly one of the largest contributors to the The Partnership of Drug-Free Kids and the Anti-Drug Coalition of America.

Ironically, both CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are heavily reliant on a combination of federal drug-prevention education grants and funding from pharmaceutical companies. Founded in 1992, CADCA has lobbied aggressively for a range of federal grants for groups dedicated to the “war on drugs.”....

...The Nation obtained a confidential financial disclosure from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids showing that the group’s largest donors include Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and Abbott Laboratories, maker of the opioid Vicodin. CADCA also counts Purdue Pharma as a major supporter, as well as Alkermes, the maker of a powerful and extremely controversial new painkiller called Zohydrol.

Is it true that pharmaceutical companies contribute to anti-drug campaigns such as the “war on drugs”?

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    What is the notable claim that you are asking us to examine? The fact companies do powerful lobbying is not in question anywhere, we all know they do that. So if the claim is "Companies lobby legislators to get advantages for themselves", then the answer is trivial and well known: yes, they do, this is common knowledge and no secret. Is there anything besides this that you want examined? – MichaelK Aug 10 at 8:29
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    @MichaelK I want to know if they lobby the government to continue the war on drugs like the Miser website claims. I know they lobby for patent protections and stuff like that, but are they actually lobbying to have common citizens thrown into cages? – anonymouswho Aug 10 at 9:08
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    Yes, I’m asking about illegal “substances”. It’s common knowledge that they lobby for restrictions so that the market is difficult to enter. I’m talking about using weapons and prisons to fight competitors and consumers who choose another product over their own. – anonymouswho Aug 10 at 9:33
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    Keep in mind that there is a huge difference between recreational cannabis and medicine derived from it. – T. Sar Aug 10 at 14:01
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    And unless there's a lawsuit or internal leak, how are we going to find out what the real "motive of Insys" (as if the company were one person) actually is? I think this is mostly non-answerable, so I'm voting to close that way "insufficient data for a meaningful answer". – Fizz Aug 10 at 15:11

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