An Arizona opiate maker has given the largest donation to a group working to keep marijuana illegal in the state, according to a Sept. 9, 2016, article at Tuscon.com.
Drug manufacturer Insys Therapeutics made a $500,000 donation to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. The drug policy group opposes Proposition 205, which if passed would legalize marijuana in Arizona.
By way of comparison, the second-largest donation to the group, from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a mere $110,000.
Insys makes an opiate spray called Subsys, which includes fentanyl. It is prescribed to cancer patients.
Supporters of Proposition 205 think Insys does not want competition from the pain-relieving properties of cannabis.
“They want to be able to push their far more addictive, far more harmful and far more dangerous opioid drugs,” J.P. Holyoak, chair of a pro-Proposition 205 group, said.
Insys released a statement saying Proposition 205 “fails to protect the safety of Arizona’s citizens, and particularly its children.” The statement went on to say, “We believe that all available medicines should meet the clinical standards set by the FDA.”