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DEA Chief Michele Leonhart defends Federal monopoly for medical cannabis

June 23, 2012

In the revealing video of DEA head Michele Leonhart and Congressman Jared Polis doing the DC version of Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” and the resulting commentary, I see something being neglected in the discussion: the Federal government owns a patent for medical cannabis.

As such, she’s just doing her job, assuming that part of her job is the US government defending its patent on medical cannabis:

Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services

Patent 6630507 Issued on October 7, 2003. Estimated Expiration Date: February 2, 2021.

For students and observers of cognitive dissonance, watching Federal employees insist that there are no medical benefits to cannabis while their employer holds a patent for the same is an event like no other.

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