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City of Berkeley Stands Up for Medical Marijuana View Count: 261

On Wednesday, the City of Berkeley stood up against a civil forfeiture action initiated by federal authorities against a medical marijuana dispensary. Federal prosecutors filed a claim in May to close a medical marijuana dispensary in Berkeley and are attempting to seize the property leased to retail medical marijuana store Berkeley Patients Group. The city filed a response to the forfeiture action saying the city needs that dispensary running.


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In a statement, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said, “It is time for the federal government to wake up and stop these asset forfeiture actions … Berkeley Patients Group has complied with the rules and caused no problems in the city. The federal government should not use its scare resources to harass local law-abiding businesses.”

It seems so funny that DEA continues to categorize using marijuana as illegal, while the U.S. government itself holds the patent to medical use of marijuana, U.S. Patent 6630507, unknown to most. Despite many studies showing that marijuana arrests are primarily used against minorities and against common sense, the feds continue the weed wars.

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However, the Department of U.S. Health and Human Services has nothing to gain if people freely grow and smoke marijuana, which is not the purpose of gaining the patent. But it seems if the government wants to make money off it, traditional marijuana use needs to be illegal, and pills carrying cannabinoids need to be there. This situation is pre-empted if states allow growing and using medical marijuana.

The Abstract of the patent on medical use of marijuana held by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department observes, “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.”

However, the U.S. Patent 6630507 owned by the federal government does not claim a patent on the way marijuana is taken – people have been smoking cannabis for thousands of years – but the patent is on the medicinal use of processed cannabinoids. People can get the same benefits by using natural cannabis in traditional manners – but that does not benefit the pharmaceutical industry, nor, apparently, those who create federal policies.

Currently, in U.K. for almost the same bottle of marijuana extract that in a U.S. medical marijuana shop would cost $20, GW Pharmaceuticals charges GBP 175 or about $260. That is the value of being able to enforce patents on medical marijuana use.

And U.S. states seem to be up against such people-loving strategy. Just grow and smoke?

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  • Jose

    I would not be surprised if Berkeley decides to do what they do best. They will riot down the street breaking windows of storefronts. except this time it will be the windows of every federal building.

  • Dan Welchhance

    They really need to let us be. We are not hurting anyone. The Indians knew this was medicine in it’s natural raw form. WAKE UP! smell the HERB!

  • Malcolm Kyle

    Your group is growing smaller by the day; even blind rats know when it’s time to jump ship. Your beloved policy of waging war on the poor and minorities of this country has utterly failed and has contributed greatly to the current mess we’re all in.

    FINALLY The realization that marijuana is NOT the evil it has been made out to be has now become mainstream. Reefer Madness propaganda is at an end.

    ….., kindly find yourself another lost cause, and preferably another group of people who actually deserve to be feared and hated!

  • Dan Mason (Author)

    we petition the obama administration to:

    Create a Comprehensive Drug Reform Policy

    Mr. President, I believe that we are at a stage in American history where we need to have a Comprehensive Drug Reform policy for the nation. In Federal and State prison populations across America, millions of Inmates have a substance abuse problem related to their criminal behavior. All in all, we are failing to identify these abusers of drugs and properly treat them before sending them off to prison, because of this we miss opportunities to save a person from life in the criminal system. America’s failed drug war policies have lead to government negligence and malfeasance. The growing prison population cannot be maintained at this rate.

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