On April 21, 1999, one day after the unofficial national stoner holiday and one year before the pot progressive second millennium, the U.S. government filed Patent No. 6,630, 507, which claims that cannabinoids in cannabis can effectively serve as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.

The abstract of the federal government medical pot patent states the following:

[su_quote]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.[/su_quote]

On October 7, 2003, the U.S. government issued Patent No. 6,630, 507, therefore giving itself a stake in the future of medical marijuana. But one must ask, “Why is the federal government still claiming marijuana has no medical qualities and waging a costly war on medical marijuana as part of its 45-year old failed War on Drugs when it has patented the many medicinal properties and benefits of marijuana over a decade ago?

This just adds to the political hypocrisy that was first seen at the start of the War on Drugs under the Nixon Administration when the administration ignored the pro-pot findings of a Nixon-appointed presidential commission that recommended the nationwide decriminalization of marijuana. But as Alternet reports, “Nixon himself, based on his zealous personal preferences, overruled the commission’s research and doomed marijuana to its current illegal status.”