Ben Swann: feds hold patent on pot as medicine, but still outlaw it
by Jon Rappoport
April 20, 2015
Everybody knows the US federal government still officially considers marijuana an illegal drug.
But as Ben Swann (twitter) reports, the government also holds a patent on it as a medicine.
The patent # is 6,630,507 (“Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”). The holder of the patent is “The US government as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services [a cabinet post under the President].”
Quoting from the patent:
“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. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention…”
So let’s see. A) Claim marijuana is a very useful medicine, but b) reserve the right to arrest people who use it as a treatment.
That makes perfect sense when you’re dealing with government.
It also, of course, makes perfect sense when government partners, aka pharmaceutical companies, are busy developing their, ahem, “highly purified, completely reliable, extensively tested, absolutely safe,” and very profitable versions of marijuana as medicine.
Or when those companies are still clinging to the notion that marijuana can somehow be suppressed, because they realize its medicinal uses will pre-empt many of their best-selling, quite toxic drugs, which cure nothing but instead create new symptoms that “require more drugs.”
(Re marijuana oil [note: there are different types], I have heard several stories of remarkable recoveries from Crohn’s disease and prostate cancer.)
What to look out for: pharmaceutical companies will eventually try to market some version of marijuana as a drug, to be used as “an adjunct” with their own toxic compounds (e.g., chemotherapy). This strategy will sidestep the need to assert that marijuana cures anything, while also profiting from a sale of two drugs instead of one.
Drug companies and their federal partners will warn against the use of home-grown marijuana as medicine, citing lack of purity, consistency, and, of course, the absence of a prescribing physician—who must be in the mix, in order to ensure proper dosing for proper reasons.
In this regard, the FDA will probably insert its ugly face into the scene, to bolster the bottom-line of its main client, Big Pharma.
We could even see the resumption of the old pesticide spraying campaigns to poison marijuana grown outdoors.
We’ll certainly see GMO marijuana straight out of the foul maw of Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta. Along with grotesque pesticides. (So protect the seeds.)
Holding a patent on marijuana as medicine, and accumulating more such patents, is a federal strategy designed to bring private growers and makers of marijuana oil into court at the government’s whim—on a charge of infringing on the patents’ territory. Add to that: practicing medicine without a license.
But the barn is already open. Wide open.
Long ago, the horses ran into the far distance.
When it comes to medicine, untold numbers of people are already using marijuana oil, because they have developed this odd idea that they are in charge of their own bodies.
If the feds want to go to war over that, they’re going to learn the real meaning of a term cadets blithely study in army colleges: asymmetrical.
The old Health Freedom movement of the early 1990s is developing a new face and identity. It doesn’t need nutritional-supplement companies as allies or funding sources. It doesn’t need anybody.
Just a fast-growing plant.
And a cockeyed, ancient, outmoded notion once called liberty.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.