Once the federal government finally allows medical marijuana to become a
legitimate part of the healthcare industry, Big Pharma could suffer the
loss of billions of dollars, a new report finds.
It seems the pharmaceutical trade has more than enough reasons to fear
the legalization of marijuana, as an analysis conducted by the folks at
New Frontier Data predicts the legal use of cannabis products for
ailments ranging from chronic pain to seizures could cost marketers of
modern medicine somewhere around $4 billion per year.
The report was compiled using a study released last year from the
University of Georgia showing a decrease in Medicare prescriptions in
states where medical marijuana is legal. The study, which was first
outlined by the Washington Post, was largely responsible for stirring up
the debate over how a legitimate cannabis market might be able to
reduce the national opioid problem. It found that medical marijuana, at
least with respect to those…
For any one who has watched the last few years of cat-and-mouse games on the dark web's
black markets, the pattern is familiar: A contraband bazaar like the
Silk Road attracts thousands of drug dealers and their customers, along
with intense scrutiny from police and three-letter agencies.
hunt down its administrators, and tear the site offline in a dramatic
takedown—only to find that its buyers and sellers have simply migrated
to the next dark-web market on their list.
So when Dutch police got onto the trail of the popular dark-web marketplace Hansa in the fall of 2016, they decided on a different approach: Not a mere takedown, but a takeover.
In interviews with WIRED, ahead of a talk they plan to give at Kaspersky
Security Analyst Summit Thursday, two Netherlands National High Tech
Crime Unit officers detailed their 10-month investigation into Hansa,
once the largest dark-web market in Europe. At its height, Hansa's 3,600
dealers offered more t…