Last week was rough in the world of cannabis.
The DEA refused to de- or even re-classify cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, the Missouri Attorney General sued four Missouri businesses selling CBD oil, and we found out that New Approach Missouri did not have enough validated signatures to put medical cannabis on the November ballot. Talk about disheartening.
Then, in the midst all this turmoil, I started seeing Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran's "Talk to the 6630507 hand" campaign pop up on my social feeds.
For anyone who's unfamiliar, 6630507 is the number of the patent that the United States government holds on cannabis. That's right, our federal government has a PATENT on the medical benefits of cannabis. An abstract of the patent states:
"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."
The patent was filed in 1999 by the US Department of Health and Human Services. As Amy Hilterbran states, this alone proves that the government has solid research supporting the fact that cannabis has medicinal value - but the DEA refuses to declassify cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act by arguing that the plant has "no accepted medical use."
There's really no way to dispute this incredible hypocrisy.
Either the US government needs to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act or it needs to give up patent #6630507. Period.
Now, our community is coming together to bring light to this nonsense.
The "Talk to the 6630507 Hand" campaign calls out the government and brings awareness to this issue. We can't let the government lie to us or our fellow citizens anymore.
I could rage about this for at least 1,000 more words, but I'll just leave you with that. And a bunch of photos to use if you'd like to spread this message. Just please remember to credit Kristen Williams on the image and Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran of "Talk to the 6630507 Hand" on the campaign :)
To read more about the "Talk to the 6630507 Hand" Campaign on attn:, click here for the original story by Kyle Jaeger.
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