Last week in a not-too-astonishing decision, the DEA and Federal Government denied a petition written by two state governors to have cannabis removed from the list of Schedule 1 drugs. Much of the cannabis community became riled after the decision, positive it’s just one more way the government is protecting their ulterior interests. The disbelief goes even further when advocates learned the federal government actually holds the patent on cannabis as a form of medicine. Cannabis supporters are swarming social media with “Talk to the 6630507 hand”, demanding answers.
The issue with 6,630,507
To be listed as a Schedule 1 drug, the drug must have no known medical value and run a high risk of addiction or dependency. Cannabis, heroin, and LSD all make the cut. In the eyes of the U.S. Government, these are the most dangerous and illicit drugs on the market today.
But, wait. If cannabis is so dangerous, why does the government hold the patent for medical marijuana?
In 1999, the government filed patent number 6,630,507 clarifying that the cannabis plant has “multiple therapeutic benefits.” Medical cannabis supporters are wondering, why then did the DEA deny the petition to reschedule?
Talk to the 6630507 hand
— Melinda Says (@oatmealislove) August 15, 2016
Social media has played an important role in having their voices heard, as images of advocates’ hands with the patent number written across them are popping up all over the internet.
Captions demanding reform follow many of the posted pictures. Some even contain directions on how other cannabis supporters can do their part.
Stop the propaganda with ‘Talk to the 6630507 Hand.’ That is the number for a US government patent. Just one of the many patents on cannabis that the United States government holds.
But this particular patent proves not only that cannabis is medicinal but also that it is non-toxic and therefore non-lethal. This one patent, number 6630507, disqualifies cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
This one patent holds dozens of scientific data and research that was submitted to get the patent granted. All support and prove that cannabis has been studied for years, is medicinal, and certainly the safest drug option on the planet.
The United States government needs to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act or be forced to relinquish patent no 6630507.
We know about the plant, we know about the patent. Talk to the 6630507 hand.
Proof of the medical powers
The most important point to note is that this patent proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the government’s knowledge of the power of medical cannabis. In a snippet taken from the patent, it becomes even clearer that the government has been secretly studying this plant for decades.
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.
Remember, this patent was filed nearly twenty years ago in 1999. Imagine what government researchers are able to learn about the plant now, with the help of modern technology.
Why do you think the government holds the patent for medical cannabis? Let us know on social media or in the comment section below.