Do as We Say Not As We Do
The Federal government of the United States currently classifies Marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. In order to be classified as such, the feds are claiming that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, cannot provide any medical benefits, and that the drug cannot be used safely under medical supervision. This legal classification of marijuana warrants the exorbitant use of government funds (read: our tax dollars) to fight the cultivation, distribution and use of the harmless green weed. Not to mention the horrifying statistics about overcrowding in jails; the amount of marijuana related “criminals” doing time, and the disproportionate number of single mothers, Blacks and Hispanics doing jail time for weed crime. Why would our government waste so much time and money to fight a drug that NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM? They must truly believe that this substance is a drug which has a high potential for abuse and cannot provide any medical benefit. Right?
Surprisingly, or more accurately, hypocritically, an excerpt from the US government patents on Marijuana states the following: “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”
Meet US Patent 6630507. The U.S. government patented marijuana for medical use in 2003. For 12 years, people have been going to jail for the use of a drug on which the U.S. owns the medical patent . The injustice of the government who holds a medical patent on marijuana jailing people for using it is too great for the flag holders of the Western World.
The Federal Government is talking out of both sides of its mouth. On one hand, it holds this patent. On the other hand, a FDA spokeswoman recently claimed that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.”
Why are they being so deceptive? Who stands to benefit from such hypocrisy?
Finding a plant is a discovery, not an invention. So the laws of plant patents are rather specific. It would not be accurate to say that the government holds a patent on marijuana. Rather, the government has a patent on particular medial applications of a class of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive compounds both naturally occurring in cannabis and synthetically reproduced. The implication of the governments patent are mostly financial for them. No one can legally treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke, and diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as heart attack, Crohn’s disease, diabetes and arthritis with cannabinoids without paying the government. The ethics of such a patent, no matter who it belongs to, are debatable.
(Not) Surprisingly, the government has strict control over what cannabis related research universities can conduct. Even when a campus does get the green light for green studies, they must obtain their weed from a government approved source.