Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal Essays

1193 Words Oct 16th, 2016 5 Pages
U.S. Patent # 6630507 and the effect it has on Medicinal Marijuana users As of this date, 14 Oct 2016, there are twenty-five states that have medical marijuana laws in place. Thirteen of those states also have state laws protecting patients rights; but only two, Colorado and Washington have also passed a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Therefore, even though a patient can legally get a recommendation for medical marijuana in all twenty-five of those states, unless the patient lives in the state of Colorado or Washington, it is illegal and punishable by federal law to possess. The United States Government, who owns patent #9930507, which is the use of cannabinoids as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant, has classified marijuana as a schedule I drug, meaning that it is, " highly addictive, with no medicinal value." Schedule I drugs cannot be researched until they are reclassified as a schedule II drug. Although the Health and Human Services Department has acknowledged the benefits of medicinal marijuana use, the government continues to deny this fact. If the United States government would reclassify marijuana from a schedule I drug to a schedule II drug, it could be researched for its medicinal value. By refusing to reclassify it, the U.S. government is preventing more thorough research from being done. Patent# 6630507: cannabinoids as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant, is owned by the government of the United States of America,…

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