Did you know that on October 7, 2003, the United States government submitted and approved US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”. view here>>
Odd? I would say so. US patent law specifies that inventions must be “useful”, or, to have a useful purpose.
The US government contends that marijuana has no useful medical value. Did they lie on their patent application? The government represented, and approved the following claim:
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.
How can this make any sense? Forget the hypocrisy on behalf of the United States, what about the other aspect of patent law, the section that states no invention can be a product of nature, and would fall under excluded subject matter.
As a result of this government’s logic, I have submitted the patents for sunlight, water and air. You will soon have to pay me for your next breath of air or drink of water, and for the next 20 years.