by Julie Wilson, Natural News:
The federal government has secretly withheld information regarding the medical benefits of marijuana in an attempt to control the market by waiting for the right time to legalize and eventually sell the drug on their terms.
While dozens of states have progressed towards marijuana freedom, nearly 700,000 Americans are arrested each year for possession of pot because the federal government still considers it a Schedule I substance, placing it next to drugs like heroin, LSD and meth.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs out there, and that it has no medical benefits and a high potential for abuse.
Publicly, government says marijuana is bad; privately, they’re moving to control the industry
While publicly the government insists pot is bad, privately they’re patenting it. In 2003, a patent titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a taxpayer-funded agency.
The patent, which was originally filed for in 1999 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), specifically focuses on cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in marijuana that provides medical effects but doesn’t make you “stoned,” the feeling that comes from the compound THC.
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