The legalization of marijuana is a hot button issue that is sparking much debate and likely will continue to for quite some time.
Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana to be used as a medical treatment with a valid doctor's prescription and three states have made it legal to use marijuana both for medicinal and recreational purposes. Public opinion polls show that more than 80 percent of Americans believe that people who have legitimate medical problems should be allowed to legally purchase and use medical marijuana to address their symptoms. Still, governments in many states have been slow to respond.
In recent years, many people have spoken out in favor of medical marijuana, including notable doctor and CNN correspondent, Sanjay Gupta. In 2013, New York Post columnist, John Crudele, wrote a scathing piece regarding the hypocrisy of American government regarding the legalization of pot, and with more states adopting and modifying their stances on marijuana, his argument is a compelling one.
Crudele's piece published on September 11, 2013 discusses a U.S. government issued patent, issued 10 years prior, that the writer had discovered shortly before writing his piece. That patent is No. 6,630,507, and it was issued for the use of cannabinoids as medicine. Specifically, the patent covers the use of the active chemicals in cannabis as antioxidants and drugs that protect the nervous system. The column details Crudele's anger and frustration over learning about this patent.
Why was Crudele so angry about US Patent No 6,630,507? It turns out that the U.S. government issued this patent to itself. Crudele strongly objects to the fact that federal government is not pushing for universal medical legalization of marijuana, when its own scientists established that the drug could help people with diseases like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease and the damage done by stroke and nerve trauma. He recounts the experiences of his own wife, who died from multiple sclerosis and was not able to use medical marijuana to alleviate her symptoms because of the restrictions in place in their states.
Crudele argues that if the government believes so strongly that medical marijuana can help people that it would move to patent it as a treatment, and that there should be no restriction on its sale to people with legitimate medical conditions. The results of polls indicate that many Americans would be inclined to agree with him.
Feds Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine