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Date: 01/27/14 10:03 AM

13 Responses to U.S. Patent 6630507 [Pic+]

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    caper454 Female 70 & Over
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    January 27, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Link: U.S. Patent 6630507 - The US Government Owns The Patent Which Proves Cannabis Has Medicinal Properties
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

    They make too much money on the prohibition. No way they`re giving up that gold egg laying goose.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am
    And? It`s not like it`s a secret.

    Yes, some forms of cannabis (note the phrase "naturally occuring" in the summary - it`s extremely important) can have some medicinal properties in some circumstances.

    No, that`s not what it`s really about. It`s about modified forms of cannabis to be used as a recreational drug, almost always in a very unhealthy way.

    There`s a presumably unintended truth in the cartoon - the person who is smoking is wearing a badge that reads "future cancer survivor". Only they probably wouldn`t survive lung cancer - it has a very poor prognosis.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 27, 2014 at 10:49 am
    They make too much money on the prohibition. No way they`re giving up that gold egg laying goose.

    They make more money than they would taxing it? How? With all the increased cost of policing and trials and jails, how do they make money from it at all?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    January 27, 2014 at 11:11 am
    @Angilion: Who said it was lung cancer? You`re inferring that, although there is no definitive evidence that marijuana smoke causes cancer in the first place, let alone lung cancer.
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    Kalimata Male 30-39
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    January 27, 2014 at 11:18 am
    I think the resistance against legalization or decriminalization has more to do with budgets, lobbying and job security.

    With prisons privatized, I would think (think, not know) that there is some pretty heavy lobbying against by companies that own prisons and benefit directly from illegal weed.

    The budget for the DEA and many police departments would likely be reduced, causing layoffs.

    Lets not forget the government sale of goods seized during drug raids.

    The perceived "immorality" of the act of smoking herb likely plays a large part in the resistance as well.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
    I have a Mrs Grieves herbal dating from - I think` (can`t put my hand to it right now)1930 which lists cannabis as a medicinal herb and gives the details of how customs check it is potent enough ....
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    toeachhisown Male 50-59
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    January 27, 2014 at 11:51 am
    Didn`t read the story but if the caption is true, maybe that`s why big Pharma hasn`t developed a THC based drug. If they don`t own the patent there`s no profit to be made.

    We should just legalize ALL drugs and be done with it.
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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    January 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Angillion, "hey make more money than they would taxing it? How?"
    The DEA doesn`t make a dime if it`s taxed, but every law enforcement agency, from local cops to DEA & FBI get to confiscate property they sell at auction. Cars, boats, houses. Large piles of cash. All of that goes directly into their budgets. They wouldn`t get a dime if i was just taxed.

    now add the prison industry. A passive pot smoker is much cheaper to house than violent criminals. More profit margin. Drug Cartels don`t want it legal, they`d lose their monopoly.

    Nope, no one involved in the Pot Industry wants it legalized. How else do you explain a non-addictive beneficial substance being banned ?
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    My wife works in patent law. She looked this over and its 100% legit. There`s even a Canadian version.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    January 28, 2014 at 10:00 am
    Well a patent does not itself prove cannabis has medicinal properties - but of course it does prove the US government Department of HHS believes it does which is the root of the irony here.

    In the US you can patent ideas or inventions that don`t work, with the exception of perpetual-motion machines (and a few of those slip through).
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    JoexBro Male 18-29
    550 posts
    January 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm
    You cant profit off something that everyone can just grow themselves, money is really always at the root of it all.

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