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Medical marijuana patients, advocates and reformers just got a powerful new celebrity ally.
Justin Bieber is the latest pop culture icon lending his mega star power to the medical marijuana advocacy fight.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Oct. 2, the singer expressed criticism toward the pharmaceutical industry for trying to block comprehensive medical cannabis research and policy reform, Huffington Post reports.
The tweet links to an attn: video that dives into various ways pharmaceutical companies have been fighting to block medical cannabis reform in the United States.
“This is important,” Bieber tweeted to his 88.6 million followers. “I’m going to be talking more about this.”
And when Justin Bieber speaks, literally millions of people are listening.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Singer Justin Bieber attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
“[T]he whole notion that marijuana is illegal is past the point of ridiculousness... To be honest, I'm not really much of a pot smoker... But I've always been an advocate. I just feel it should be decriminalized.” (Photo via Twitter/@GMA)
"The arguments for legalization are very strong.” (Photo via Twitter/@WindyCityLIVE)
“The legalization of marijuana, that's fine and dandy with me... Whatever people wanna do with their lives, let people live their lives.” (Photo via Twitter/@sexbooktoys)
"Legalize marijuana, and take all that money and invest it in teachers and education, and you will see a transformation in America." (Photo via Twitter/@analitica)
“People can go to jail for pot possession and it can...ruin their lives, and then you have the BP spill or you have companies that basically cause the collapse of the economic system and devastated...countless people's lives and aren't being held accountable... How could you not look at that and be like, 'What's going on?'” (Photo via Twitter/@TheIndyPeople)
"I think pot 100 percent should be legalized." (Photo via Twitter/@franko1286)
“I'm for the legalization of marijuana, absolutely... We've got a lot of things that we need to be putting our focus and attention on and it'd be really great to take it off of joints.” (Photo via Twitter/@mashable)
“Medical marijuana has allowed me to live a productive, fruitful life despite having multiple sclerosis. Many thousands of others all over this country -- less well-known than me but whose stories are just as real -- have experienced the same thing.” (Photo via Twitter/@Ohio_Politics)
"America's war on drugs is propaganda... I hope they legalize [marijuana].” (Photo via Twitter/@rteyesceleb)
"Indeed, there is no small amount of inconsistency in our black president's either ignoring or upholding harsh drug laws that every day injure the prospects of young black men -- laws that could have ended his own, had he been of another social class and arrested for the marijuana use he openly discusses.” (Photo via Twitter/@AtlantaMagazine)
“I don't think marijuana should be illegal.” (Photo via Twitter/@sellcop)
"Colorado becomes the first state in the country to legalize marijuana... #catchup” (Photo via Twitter/@ZIPERATIVO)
“It's something that should be legal.” (Photo via Twitter/@brad_brick )
“We've been fighting the war on drugs since the '60s. And guess what? Trillions of dollars later, we are losing... When you look at the disparities in sentencing drug offenders, hasn't this kind of injustice undermined the legitimacy of our criminal justice system?” (Photo via Twitter/@PeoplesReport)
“Penalizing people for possession of drugs is costly and expensive... A good number of times I was arrested was simply for possession and the administrative costs of that would be better spent, I think, on education and addressing the costs of treatment.” (Photo via Twitter/@bestuknet)
“They legalized alcohol, they legalized tobacco. What is it going to hurt to legalize this medicinal, medical marijuana that's used for purposes of cataracts, migraines, cancer?” (Photo via Twitter/@danfolger)
I'm all for legalization. I think people are going to smoke pot anyway, and the idea that people are in jail for smoking pot and dealing pot is reprehensible to me personally." (Photo via Twitter/@Jennifer06931)
"Everyone should be allowed to smoke pot." (Photo via Twitter/@O_Magazine)
“There are probably 400 people getting murdered at this second, and these two cops are taking an hour to write up my court summons for smoking a joint... That just seemed so...ridiculous to me.” (Photo via Twitter/@scrowder)
“I think it should be legalized...for medicinal and recreational purposes.” (Photo via Twitter/@TeamCocoFans)
"I think it's about time we legalize marijuana... We either put people who are smoking marijuana behind bars or we legalize it, but this little game we are playing in the middle is not helping us." (Photo via Twitter/@politicreviews7)
Gallery h/t Marijuana Majority