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Help Stop Government from Issuing Exclusive License for Medical Cannabis

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 04:39 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:36

As you well know, our federal government maintains that marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use” as a schedule I substance per the Controlled Substance Act. Although sixteen states and the District of Columbia have now passed medical marijuana legislation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to enforce federal law and prosecute those who cultivate, distribute, or possess medical marijuana in compliance with state law. While the DOJ intimidates and incarcerates medical marijuana patients based upon federal position that cannabis has no medical value, another cabinet-level department within the federal executive branch, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), holds the legal right to certain medical applications of cannabinoids; since October 2003, the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, has been official assignee of U.S. Patent #6630507, entitled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. ” The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients (UMMP) has been well aware of this outrageous hypocrisy for several years now. However, recent developments beg immediate attention and action from the broader community of medical marijuana advocates, as well as from all Americans who disagree with government-driven financial exploitation and monopolization of the very plant for which hundreds of thousands of American citizens are currently incarcerated.

The notion that one federal bureaucracy claims ownership rights to medical marijuana while its sister department prosecutes the patients who depend upon this government patented “invention” is outrageous enough. However, the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients discovered this week that the federal government

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DHHS Plans to Award Exclusive Rights to Apply Marijuana as a Medical Therapeutic

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 10:20 Written by admin Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:09

LOS ANGELES, CA – Dec. 15, 2011–The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has just discovered that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is about to award an exclusive license to KannaLife Sciences, Inc. of New York to develop medical therapeutics based on the chemistry of cannabis. According to the notice in the Federal Register, public comments will be accepted through Monday, December 19.

 “We find it hypocritical and incredible that on the one hand, the U.S. Department of Justice is persecuting medical cannabis patient associations, asserting that the federal government regards marijuana as having absolutely no medical value, despite overwhelming clinical evidence,” said Union director James Shaw. “On the other hand, the Department of Health and Human Services is planning to grant patent rights with possible worldwide application to develop medicines based on cannabis.”

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James Shaw Speaks to LA City Council – Dec 7th 2011

Last Updated on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 05:27 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Thursday, 15 December 2011 02:41

 

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