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Sunday, July 6

Did you know that the US Government patented medical pot years ago??

From Paul Armentano of NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws):

The extent of the federal government’s hypocrisy on the issue of medicinal cannabis truly knows no bounds. Don’t believe me? Just click here

(Thanks to Huffington Post blogger Brinna for the link.)

US Patent 6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Application: filed on 2/02/2001

US Patent Issued on October 7, 2003

Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services

And there you have it. The same federal government that steadfastly denies pot has any medicinal value also holds the medical patents on the plant’s various therapeutic cannabinoids. And they aren’t the only ones who do.

NORML podcaster Russ Belville and I will be discussing this issue in depth — as well as the related issue of whether or not Big Pharma is behind the prohibition of pot — on the Daily Audio Stash next week.

Stay tuned.


and here is Paul Armentano's full article on this subject over at AlterNet --Big Pharma Is in a Frenzy to Bring Cannabis-Based Medicines to Market


I Need your help here folks.

Are herbal remedies patented?

I don't think so

Can you patent plants?

I don't think so.

What's the
AMA's and the FDA's position on herbal remedies?

Are all herbal remedies regulated by the government?

I don't think so.

Aren't they still called dietary supplements?

Here's the Wiki link on Herbalism

So many questions I know, but this has always been a debate with my family whenever I try to turn them on to an alternative (natural remedy) for whatever might be ailing them. They will only accept anything that's been approved by the FDA or endorsed my the AMA. I gave up a long time ago because I could never offer them either. I only had my testimony, which never meant anything.

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