From the article:
On Oct. 7, 2003, the US government issued Patent No. 6,630,507.
Actor Michael J. Fox and many millions of other Americans — my dear late wife, Tricia, included — could have gotten very excited about this development back then.
But it was, apparently, not the sort of thing Washington wanted advertised.
Patent No. 6,630,507, you see, is for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Most people would simply refer to this as medical marijuana.
Who got that patent? The US government gave this patent to itself.
Just so you understand me, this is the same US government that has been fighting the use of marijuana as a drug. Yet its own scientists were claiming a decade ago that marijuana had been effective against a number of diseases.
There is a lot more. I personally am on the fence for the legalization of weed. That probably has to do with me being a recovering alcoholic, a label I wear on my sleeve. I feel it is part of my recovery. I couldn’t handle pot, and I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone. However (slowly I turn, inch by inch!) legalization would open up more money for treatment with taxation and less money going to the drug cartels. When I read or watch stories about prohibition, I see startling similarities with our current war on drugs.
Please read the entire article. John Crudele generally post about business stuff, but this kinda hit home for me.