Here’s a List of the Biggest Donors to the Anti-Pot Lobby | Marijuana

Here’s a List of the Biggest Donors to the Anti-Pot Lobby


Behind the battle for marijuana — both medical and recreational — are deep-pocketed entities who have a stake in the outcome. So goes the nature of policy creation in the United States.

While that’s a whole other subject, those who follow and have an opinion on the legalization discussion should be aware of who is responsible for providing the megaphones, and thus, who influences what they’re saying.

One of the loudest megaphones in the marijuana debate is the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, formerly known as Partnership at, formerly known as Partnership for a Drug-Free America.  The PDFK is perhaps best known for its long-running ad campaign “This is Your Brain on Drugs,” featuring young people cooking eggs and smashing things. While most kids found the message inaccurate, the advertising and anti-drug communities lauded the campaign as one of the most effective PSAs in history.

Like any worthwhile non-profit, the PDFK is funded by special interest groups, which means corporations. By law, the organization must make public its donor list. At the top tier, donations of $250,000 or more, there are eight benefactors.

Here are six of them:

  • AbbVie: A biotechnology company responsible for Humira, a drug that treats rheumatoid arthritis and has earned the company more than $10 billion.
  • Consumer Healthcare Products Association: The leading trade and lobbying organization for makers and sellers of over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
  • CVS: The drug store chain with more than 7,700 locations in the United States. In 2010, a single location in Sanford, Florida, (population 53,000) ordered more than 1.8 million Oxy-Codone pills.
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals: The largest U.S. supplier, by prescription, of opioid pain-killer medications.
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America: One of the biggest and most influential lobbying groups in the United States, representing the interests of 48 pharmaceutical companies.
  • Purdue Pharmaceuticals: Maker of OxyContin.

Just saying.


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With a background in investment analysis and financial journalism, Michael began covering the cannabis industry after seeing the tremendous opportunities available. His work has appeared on The Motley Fool, AOL's Daily Finance, and has been cited in The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, and other publications. Michael also owns and operates the independent record label, Phaedra Records.


  1. “Humanity”, a cognitive/moral failure of cosmic proportions, but of no cosmic significance…as proven yet once again by their lack of ability and/or motivation to pay any attention to these matters, let alone a plethora of associated ones, which if they but cared could have faced and dealt with long ago.

    Add that we have unprecedented access to information and its free exchange and we may REQUIRE a plot out a science fiction movie such as “They Live” in order to properly explain it in a reasonable manner. Throw in associated facts such as that this movie and many like it exist much to the indifference of said public, who unsurprisingly expect me (and others like me) to “curb our enthusiasm” about these matters, and also include their demand that we be indifferent like them to their own indifference to these absurdly corrupt affairs, and it is know wonder they precisely appear just like the stupified underclass in these very “writing on the wall” movies about “the evil conspiracy” which, except for being staged in the movie, may as well be “fiction fact”, especially when this makes more sense than “conventional” excuses for attempts at “explanation”.

    In fact, even at this level, most have swallowed “the blue pill”, though it was sometimes painted red. Some (most) simply are without the necessary “saltes” for it to matter which pill they swallow.

    Welcome to art imitating life almost perfectly, welcome to 1984 all year, every year. Not forever, however. Only for a “limited time”…

    • Check out the newer DSM for Personality Disorders. It basiscally appears to me that where we are is at the end of a process mistakenly designed to pick the least effective leaders. We pick them by liking their lies, not because of they knowledge (which is sorry), not for their leadship (which amounts to corruption, ‘give me more money, I haven’t wasted enough yet’ we hear endless from left and the right. Keep giving wackjobs jobs in government and we’ll just keep getting more of this crap.

  2. True story: When the egg/frying pan ad was running a lot in the 80’s, a friend told me that his son, about 6 at the time, after seeing the ad several times was afraid to eat eggs.

  3. HmmmSaysDavidHume on

    Excellent work. Now, who is funding Project ScAM? And now that the feds have released data disclosing who gets paid what by Big Pharma, an exceptional follow-up piece would likely include information on Project ScAM’s board of directors, and who they receive funding from.

    Perhaps there are no conflicts of interest between what they say, and their positions, and who is lining their pockets with cash, but I doubt it. Their distinct lack of disclosure points to a deep question about what they have to hide as they go around spewing half-truths and outright deceptions.

  4. Can you point us to your sources for this story? I’d like to do a little more digging to verify for my own peace of mind.

  5. Where are the sources? I know this article is true, but others who haven’t done the research for themselves may find it hard to believe.

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