U.S. Government Patent Proves Marijuana Is Medicinal

"Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" Is the title of the patent. Filed in February of 2001 with a PCT pub. date of October 28, 1999, this patent proves without a shadow of a doubt that our government recognizes marijuana as having extremely beneficial medicinal properties. It's a terrible travesty that, although the government has been holding onto a patent that shows marijuana is useful in a wide range of neuroprotectant applications, they have continued to persecute and incarcerate thousands of citizens, bringing shame and loss to countless families across our nation.

"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." -Quoted text is the patent definition.

Take the Kathryn Johnston Shooting for instance. November 21, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia an elderly woman was shot and killed by undercover police officers in her own home. The officers had cut off her iron rod burglar bars, they used a "no-knock" warrant and broke down her door. She fired one shot out the door over their heads, thinking they were merely intruders, and no injuries occurred from her shot.(Keep in mind our constitutional right to bear arms here.) The police officers fired a total of 39 shots. 5 or 6 shots hit Kathryn Johnston. Police "injuries" sustained from the gun battle later were attributed to to "friendly fire." Here is the disgusting part to the story, one of the officers deliberately planted marijuana in her house after the shooting occurred. The paperwork the police officers filed had stated that the marijuana was the basis for the raid that had resulted in her death. Later investigation proved however, that the paperwork was falsified, and interrogations of the officers led to the admittance that the officers lied. 3 officers were charged with manslaughter.

This 92 year old elderly grandmother, got her door and windows smashed in by undercover plain clothes police officers, and in her frail state she went to protect herself, and it got her killed. Those men then planted drugs in her house in an attempt to slander this poor woman after death to keep their jobs. These are the kinds of heartbreaking stories attributed to marijuana. This is the striking face of a corrupt government.
The war on drugs started in 1971. That's 40 years of a war on a plant that the government is now claiming can prevent Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases. This is a far cry from the bogus claims of the war on drugs propaganda, perpetrated to keep the general public away from a substance that our government does not control and regulate.

The governement even had big pharma companies competing for an exclusive license. Union of Medical Marijuana Patients states "The notion that one federal bureaucracy claims ownership rights to medical marijuana while its sister department prosecutes the patients who depend upon this government patented “invention” is outrageous enough." The Deparment of Health and Human Services published  the notice of it's intentions in the November 17th edition of the Federal Register. They announced an exclusive license for the “development and sale of cannabinoid(s) and cannabidiol(s) based therapeutics as antioxidants and neuroprotectants for use and delivery in humans.” They are now working diligently towards making a substantial profit off of the patent they own.

Is this really the path that should be taken in regards to marijuana? Should the government tax, control, regulate, and allow marijuana to only be legal through a prescription and extremely high priced pharmacies? Both Governors Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Chrisine Gregoire of Washginton think this is the proper route to go. "The situation has become untenable for our states and others. The solution lies with the federal government."-an excerpt from the petition filed by the respective Governors.

The 420 shacks opinion is patients, and consumers alike should be allowed to use marijuana as they see fit on a scale equal to that of tobacco and alcohol. We urge you to contact President Obama and let your voice be heard. Please spread positive information about marijuana to your peers and colleagues who may not be as educated as you are. The biggest thing you can do to help fight for legalization is to support H.R 2306 entitled the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011,' This act will prohibit the federal government from prosecuting adults who use or possess marijuana by removing the plant, and its primary psychoactive constituent, THC, from the five schedules of the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. With the new Gallup poll reporting that a record high 50% of american are now in favor of legalization, it's more important now than ever to stay on top of legalization efforts. We are all caught in the midst of a race between legalization, and a government profiteering effort. Protect your rights and join the legalization fight.

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