The Denver Post reports, “Patent No. 6,630,507: Why the U.S. government holds a patent on cannabis plant compounds It’s about technology transfer, not legalization”
The intent of the posts is symbolic, said Sam Mendez, an intellectual property and public policy lawyer who serves as the executive director of the University of Washington’s Cannabis Law & Policy Project.
“Naturally, it shows that there is a certain amount of hypocrisy that there is ‘no accepted medical use’ for cannabis according to federal law,” Mendez said. “And yet here you have the very same government owning a patent for, ostensibly, a medical use for marijuana.”
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The HUD secretary briefly strayed from his prepared remarks to note that he believed marijuana use was just as problematic as opiate abuse.
“I’m not all that enthusiastic about marijuana because there have been numerous studies that show exposing a developing brain to marijuana can lead to lower IQs,” he said. “We already have enough people with a low IQ, and we don’t need anymore.”
Medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has added three more plaintiffs to his lawsuit against the state, filed after lawmakers refused to allow marijuana to be smoked, according to court filings accessed Wednesday.
Diana Dodson of Levy County, a cancer patient; Catherine Jordan of Manatee County, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Roberto Pickering of Leon County, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; all qualify to use medicinal cannabis under a constitutional amendment passed last year.
Their names were added to the action this week. Also, Circuit Judge Karen Gievers allowed Morgan an extra 30 days to file an amended complaint in the case, first lodged in July by People United for Medical Marijuana, the political committee behind the amendment.
The suit seeks a declaratory judgment that the smoking ban runs counter to the amendment’s language.
Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky shouldn’t join them.
Frankfort A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that “we’ve pretty much decriminalized” the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state.
Judge Thomas Wingate is considering motions by Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear to dismiss a lawsuit filed in June by three Kentuckians who want the legal right to use marijuana as medicine in the state where they live. Wingate said he expects to hand down a decision on the motion in the near future.
A new state board governing medical marijuana rules is eyeing shutting down all of Michigan’s dispensaries — including dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries currently operating in Detroit.
Members of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board argue that the dispensaries are illegal under current state law, and want them forced closed by Sept. 15.
During the board’s second meeting on Monday, media outlets report that member State Police Sgt. David Bailey said he wanted dispensaries closed immediately, but that some would be granted licenses to stay open under a law passed last year to regulate the medical marijuana industry.
In 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled dispensaries were illegal under Michigan’s medical marijuana law, though some municipalities have passed their own ordinances allowing for the shops.
Saying that “Every dispensary that’s out there right now is open in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act,” MLive reports Bailey proposed forcing current dispensaries to shut down or risk being unable to obtain licenses to operate legally under the regulatory framework that will go into effect Dec. 15.