Marijuana’s medical use is illegal under federal law. It’s also patented by the feds (VOX Media)
Updated By GERMAN LOPEZ | October 8, 2014
The federal government considers marijuana a schedule 1 drug, a controlled substance that has a high potential for abuse and no medical value. But the federal government also owns, through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a patent that appears to acknowledge marijuana can act as medicine.
The potential contradiction is a big deal for supporters of marijuana legalization and medical marijuana. If the federal government thinks that marijuana has some medical value, then the drug should be rescheduled to a lower legal restriction — one that could give state governments the ability to implement relaxed marijuana laws without as much federal interference.