The Federal Medical Marijuana Patent

Now, I have read extensively about the War on Drugs, the history of drugs, the science, the legal policy–and even the government weed grown at the University of Mississippi!–but this is the first I have read about a patent on medical marijuana as a neuroprotectant, which is held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. And yet, this same federal government still classifies this plant as a Schedule I drug. Ganjay Supta–duh, I mean–medical reporter Sanjay Gupta, who has recently converted into an advocate for medical marijuana, reports this “hypocrisy.”


CNN contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta followed up on his reversal of course regarding medical marijuana in an interview with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday by slamming federal policy regarding medical marijuana.

“The U.S. holds a patent [on marijuana] on one hand, and on the other hand, same government says it has no medical applications,” Gupta told Cooper. “Journalists are trained to hate hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy. I’ve never seen it quite like this.”

The Department of Health and Human Services, Gupta explained, holds a patent on medical marijuana as “a protectant for the brain, giving voice to an argument made by medical marijuana proponents. The pro-marijuana site Weedist reported in May 2013 that the patent states that, “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.”

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4 Comments on "The Federal Medical Marijuana Patent"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Aug 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

    the hypocrisy of the Homeland drug policy
    get’s even deeper when you discover
    the highest government officials are drug dealers
    and have been for centuries
    e.g. the drug lord families: Harriman, Brown, Bush, Roosevelt et al
    surprisingly Sunjay missed that hypocrisy

    Dhrtarastra said:
    O Sanjaya, after assembling in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra,
    what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do, being desirous to fight?

  2. TheDeacon | Aug 16, 2013 at 8:52 am |

    What, you did not know this? It is common knowledge
    how out of touch can you be?

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