Happy Mother’s Day, Earth! — Learning to love U.S. Patent #6,630,507

Back in 2003, the U.S. Patent Office issued Patent #6,630,507 for “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” — according to Google.  While it has long been known there were patents issued for cannabis derivatives, yesterday was my first time seeing an actual patent number; at the Cash Hyde Foundation’s website, where I also learned the following:

“..Cashy is the youngest Medical Cannabis patient in the United States. We were able to replace seven scary and toxic drugs that were given to Cash as a nausea cocktail around the clock with 0.3 Milliliters of cannabis oil. At the time we decided to give Cash this safe and therapeutic medicine, he was so sick that he hadn’t eaten in over 40 days and was living on TPN and Lipids as intravenous nutrition, he vomited 8-10 times a day and could barely lift his head off the pillow. Within two weeks of receiving the oil, Cash was eating, laughing, and had a quality of life we hadn’t seen in months…he did not die, and it was because of the cannabinoid therapeutics that he was receiving and their known antioxidant and neuroprotectant capabilities. Many say cannabis has anti-tumor effects and could possibly be the cure to cancer.”

Although it is startling to consider the reality that our federal government has been openly lying about their knowledge regarding this plant (they are the ones who filed for the patent), it is even more shocking to see the list of citations for patent #6,630,507 include #2,304,669 — issued for “isolation of cannabidiol” in 1940!

According to Wikipedia, cannabidiol:

“..is a cannabinoid found in Cannabis. It is a major constituent of the plant, representing up to 40% in its extracts.[2]

It has displayed sedative effects in animal tests.[3] Some research, however, indicates that CBD can increase alertness.[4] It may decrease the rate of clearance of tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver.

Medically, it has been shown to relieve convulsioninflammationanxiety, and nausea, as well as inhibit cancer cell growth.[5] Recent studies have shown cannabidiol to be as effective asatypical antipsychotics in treating schizophrenia.[6] Studies have also shown that it may relieve symptoms of dystonia.[7][8]

Obviously, not all of this could possibly have been known back in 1940; but the sheer existence of patents referring to the medical properties of cannabis sativa ought to be grounds for ending our failed prohibition outright.  A sentiment seemingly echoed by Washington’s Governor Gregoire in a recent bit of pleasant news:

Gov. hopes to settle state, federal marijuana disputes: After vetoing parts of a bill to license dispensaries, Gregoire is seeking to rally states against federal laws

“Gov. Chris Gregoire seeks to settle disputes between national and state medical marijuana laws by combining forces with other states to legalize the drug nationally.

..The work group would consist of governors from each of the 15 states that have legalized medicinal marijuana.

Scott Whiteaker, a spokesman for Gregoire, said one of the goals of the work group would be to federally reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, rather than a Schedule I drug. If Gregoire is successful in reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug, pharmacists would be allowed to prescribe it, he said…”

At first, I was just dumbfounded by the above statement.  Partly because that is roughly what I had suggested she do in a comment I recently left somewhere online.  Yet there I was, days later, disappointed she hadn’t gone further.  My first reaction was that it should have been a Schedule III listing they push for instead of Schedule II, because that’s where Marinol is and where the DEA is reassigning all synthetic or otherwise patented forms of cannabis.

Then, after coming across the following article, I got just plain mad at myself for even entertaining their childish games.

Mexico movement for peace demands end to war

“..The marchers, who walk in silence, left Thursday from the old colonial city of Cuernavaca, where Sicilia’s 24-year-old son was among seven people seized by gunmen in March and later found dead, their mouths taped shut and their bodies stuffed into a compact car.

The poet’s public agony at the killing of his son, who authorities say was an innocent, touched a raw nerve here, as Mexicans every day face new atrocities: mass graves filled with victims bludgeoned to death, the targeting of children by assassins, women taken from a beauty salon in Acapulco and beheaded.

The marchers, only a few hundred, crossed the southern mountains and entered Mexico City on Friday night. They hope their numbers will swell Sunday at a rally at the capital’s main plaza, the Zocalo.

“Our message is that all of us, all the citizens, are outraged, and we want to say we are here, listen to us, there is too much death and so much corruption,” said Oscar Enriquez Perez, a priest who runs a human rights group in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, one of the deadliest places in the world.

Like nothing else in the past four years of sensational drug violence, which have left more than 35,000 civilians dead as well as 2,300 police and soldiers, this movement has captured the eye of the news media and has begun to rattle the political class…”

We have incontrovertible proof that cannabis has medical properties, upon which patented medicines have been based for many years.  We also have undeniable proof that prohibition has been a total disaster, just as it was with alcohol.  We cannot afford to play games with political mouthpieces for pharmaceutical giants any longer.

More importantly, we don’t have to.  This is a matter for the courts to decide now, like they recently have in Canada:    Ontario Judge strikes down marijuana laws as unconstitutional: Now what?

With the legal challenge currently being developed by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association in order to keep roughly 1,500 people from losing their jobs come July 1st, it should be interesting to see where things go from here.  If prohibition gets the boot altogether, like is happening up north; we are soon going to have a multitude a strange anomalies — including a whole lot of non-profit organizations who’s mission statements will no longer apply to our quickly changing reality.

Funding could dry up, or the vast legions of dedicated drug reform activists might even realize something much bigger is possible:  we can now work to reform the government itself, help bring it into the 21st century — where we don’t even need representatives, thanks to the internet (which, last I checked, was chock full of “potheads.”)

Below is a very intriguing argument for basic human rights, which is regrettably ignored by myself and others far too much for our own good:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/21768946]

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