What if they held a war on drugs, and nobody showed up? In 1971, The US, under “Tricky” Dick Nixon declared war on drugs by creating the Controlled Substances Act. Now, it’s 2019 and there is a green wave of activism and democracy going on in this country that is about to change that. Ten states (plus DC) have made cannabis legal to buy and use moderately for adults. There are over 40 states that have medical cannabis programs. So how’d that war thing work out? Not so good. Nixon resigned in 1973 a failure, a liar and a crook.
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That CSA, created the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). Their job was to create a “schedule” or category for all drugs according to their medicinal benefits or lack thereof. That’s how Ecstasy, LSD, Heroin, and Cannabis (Marijuana) all ended up on Schedule 1 with supposedly “no medicinal value”. If that’s true, than why did the US Patent Office issue #6,630,507 to Kannalife, a company run by the US Department of Health and Human Services(now the National Institute of Health) in 2012?
That patent recognized the chemical CBD, derived from the cannabis sativa plant, creates … “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants….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,” claim the holders of the patent.
Hmmm… seems to me that means CBD, a chemical that is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant, has “Medical Benefits”. Can you say that the US Government is hypocritical? Yes!!! What a shock! Now get this, Kannalife holds a patent until April 21, 2019 for the commercialism of cannabinoids as antioxidants and “neuroprotectants”!
Has anyone noticed that all sorts of companies in the US are creating CBD derived products that have under .3% THC? In fact a month ago, the Farm Bill was passed to clear the way for farmers to start growing cannabis sativa or hemp (Hemp is impotent cannabis at these levels. THC is the psycho-active chemical in that same plant that gets you “high”)
So its 2019 now, and one more move over the next 6 months can launch a future trillion dollar industry in the growing of all strains of that cannabis sativa plant. Granted, I am a little concerned that this momentum will hit a brick wall in DC (Pun intended- I call my shots!) since this current Federal Government is closed for business at the time of this blog.
So now add this to the mess, the US Government is still holding a patent for a plant that has medicinal benefits but can’t research it, or profit from it, since it’s still illegal on their level. So, what will happen? First, that patent is expiring on April 21, 2019 (Yup a day after 4-20), second, expect more and more big pharmaceutical and adult beverage companies to invade the cannabis space, third, cannabis sativa will be re-scheduled if not d-scheduled.
Another part of that patent allows the government to collect royalties on any future development of that plant. Kannalife, or National Institute of Health, is entitled to a royalty once the company starts to make money off the plant patent. So that “royalty” can easily be rewritten into a new law or amendment as a federal tax or license, guaranteeing the government will benefit from it’s re-scheduling. (Even Schedule 2 drugs like all those opiods out there are doing a big banking business in the US) When they first issued that patent in 2012, the US had to create a way to protect itself from the cannabis reform movement. This is what they did. Now, everyone wants this change because both have financial incentives and benefits to change it.
The first step is re-scheduling it so the banks can do business with this industry. Both ends of any transaction need cash or currency, and that’s the financial reason for the US Government to re-schedule cannabis. This is how the Federal banking system can be the ones to start Cannabis Inc - USA.
All of the reasons above are why I am still optimistic that cannabis will be re-scheduled, if not de-scheduled, in 2019. Money and greed drive human behavior and especially when the male of the species controls it’s direction. The US House of Representatives now has more women in it’s ranks than ever before and hopefully will and can initiate this change quickly. The Senate will like it because it makes money. Democracy is working, alongside capitalism, and greed. No American wants to lose out on a deal that Canada, our beloved neighbors to the north, are already cashing in on. Advocates and consumers will rejoice, but will have to save money just to enjoy a dab or a hit or two. Home grown anyone?
PS. Sure enough - this was released on Tuesday January 8th- US Surgeon General Jerome Adams
"Just as we need to look at criminal justice laws, rules and regulations, we need to look at health laws, rules and regulations, and that includes the scheduling system," Adams said during a conference on drug recovery. "I'll take it somewhere else, marijuana. We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling system."