(Why the fight over pot): Patent No. 6,630,507: Why the U.S. government holds a patent on cannabis plant compounds

The givernment took out a patent on cannabinoids in 2003 for it’’s medicinal potential. The government just has ‘t figured out away to transfer a patent on the natural components to Big Pharma.

Patent No. 6,630,507:

United States Patent 6,630,507
Hampson , et al. October 7, 2003
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Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants


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. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

Inventors: Hampson; Aidan J. (Irvine, CA), Axelrod; Julius (Rockville, MD), Grimaldi; Maurizio (Bethesda, MD)
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Family ID: 26767641
Appl. No.: 09/674,028
Filed: February 2, 2001
PCT Filed: April 21, 1999
PCT No.: PCT/US99/08769
PCT Pub. No.: WO99/53917
PCT Pub. Date: October 28, 1999

THIS is going to get interesting I think. And it sure makes all our drug czars out to be a bunch of lying scheming bastids (which was of the world’s worst kept secrets). The Clinton Creature wanted it downgraded to Schedule II drug. That would have been a good way to handle the ‘patent’ problem and getting pot into Big Pharma’s dirty mitts.

The part about ‘inventors’ makes me laugh. What exactly did they invent?

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thanatokephaloides's picture

The part about ‘inventors’ makes me laugh. What exactly did they invent?

In the legalese of the US Patent Office, all patent applicants are "inventors".

Scientifically speaking, this is more of a discovery than an invention.


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Pricknick's picture

Since the state of Michigan legalized medical use in 2008, I have helped more than a few completely drop their opioid medications (and in two cases addiction) for the dangerous weed.
I'm sure they'd like to see me do prison time.
Legalization not incarceration.

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QMS's picture

@Pricknick Just doing too much good for the suffering masses. My best friend in Michigan is dying of cancer, his options are few. Still tokes on occasion.

The epitaph on Kevorkian's tombstone reads, "He sacrificed himself for everyone's rights.

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Listen to your higher mind.

Meteor Man's picture

They could grant Federal Kush permits that states could issue like they do tobacco growing permits. Back in the day possession of a single tobacco seed was a felony which was pursued by the ATF. The ATF still has a link to Alcohol/Tobacco restrictions in interstate commerce and tax collection:


The ATF would change their name to ATMF to pursue and persecute growers who violated the monopoly rights of licensed marijuana growers.

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Alligator Ed's picture

Allegedly pot was legalized for use on Jan. 1, 2018. Very few people have access to recreational weed because most of the jurisdictions, from state to local don't know how to deal with this. So, medical marijuana has not been adversely affected by this legalistic mess. With Beauregard at the helm of enforcement, who knows what this medical moron will do.

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