As The Political Landscape Shifts Following The Election, Kratom Warriors Need To Fight Harder Than Ever To Keep Kratom Legal, Since Big Pharma Has Planted Anti-Kratom Politicians Via Tens Of Millions Of Dollars Of Campaign Contributions This Election Cycle
The fight to keep Kratom legal is non-stop, but lately it has been quiet, with no attempts to ban Kratom in any states or municipalities in the last couple of months. However, don’t let that fool you, since Kratom will be under immense political pressure as the political landscape changes following the 2020 election.
The problem is that Big Pharma gives tremendous amounts of campaign contributions in order to gain favor with candidates, and if those candidates win then they are likely to do exactly what Big Pharma wants.
Indeed, this is a major problem with the Democratic system in the United States in general, since in order to win a candidate needs millions of dollars, and in order to get that money candidates often rely on lobbyists from Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, etc., and when candidates who are funded by lobbyists win, they are biased to do what the lobbyists want, if not forced to since if they don’t do what the lobbyists want then they lose the income they need to win the next election.
It is hard to ascertain exactly how much money Big Pharma gave to candidates during the 2020 election cycle, but it is somewhere around tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. An article in August revealed that Big Pharma had made $11 million of contributions to 356 different congressional lawmakers, and these donations came from basically all the Big Pharma companies.
Even more compelling evidence is from a study titled ‘Lobbying Expenditures and Campaign Contributions by the Pharmaceutical and Health Product Industry in the United States, 1999-2018‘, which reveals that Big Pharma spent $4.7 billion between 1999 and 2018 on lobbying the U.S. Federal Government, $414 million on campaign contributions to presidential and congressional candidates, and $877 million on contributions to state candidates and committees.
Zooming out, the main point is that Big Pharma is definitely spending tremendous amounts of money on political candidates, in order to influence the lawmaking process in the United States.
Also, it is well-known that Big Pharma sees Kratom as a threat to their monopoly on the painkiller and psych med industry, and Big Pharma has exerted lots of effort to tarnish Kratom’s reputation and to get Kratom banned.
Putting all of this together, it is certain that Big Pharma has helped get some anti-Kratom candidates into office this election cycle, and therefore as the political landscape shifts following Inauguration Day, it is quite likely that new Kratom ban attempts will be launched.
Indeed, there is already some proof for this. A candidate named Carl Perry, who won a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives, has declared that one of his main priorities is to get Kratom banned, and he spouts misinformation that Kratom has killed 3 people in South Dakota this year, which is completely untrue.
Therefore, it is obvious that Representative Perry was planted by Big Pharma, and it is likely that many more winning candidates across the Federal government and State governments were launched into office with Big Pharma money, and will return the favor by trying to get Kratom banned.
Thus, although it’s been quiet the past couple of months with regards to attempted Kratom bans, this is merely the calm before the storm, and Kratom warriors will need to fight harder than ever to keep Kratom legal as new politicians, many of which were funded by Big Pharma, are inaugurated across the nation.