Flower to the People

cannabisWe, the people of the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, have been issued a patent for Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.

According to the abstract:

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, CH3, and COCH3. ##STR1##

So, wherefor the continuing war on marijuana? The issuance of a patent for canabinoids to the Department of Health and Human Services is either evidence of gross hypocrisy in the pursuit of the war on drugs or the war on marijuana aims to secure a monopoly for a public agency and its specialized clientele. It is widely suspected that public agencies have been subverted or “captured” for private corporate interests.

The truth, of course, is that most federal and state agencies were initially organized for just that purpose — i.e. to facilitate the enterprise of those entities whose operations they “regulate,” make regular and not subject to the vagaries and risks of random nature.

Individual human rights were always just an aspiration, a sop to make the elevation of property rights and ownership more palatable. But, depriving people of liberty for having a weed in their possession isn’t just a failure to recognize a right, it is a perversion of justice. Depriving the elderly and ill of potential healing is a crime.

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Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."