If you’ve been on social media lately and seen the number 6630507 scrawled across the palm of someone’s hand and wondered what it meant here’s the straight dope: it’s an effort to call out the U.S. government for the hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition.
Otherwise known as the “Talk to the 6630507 Hand” movement, protestors have taken to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to bring awareness to the fact that the United States government keeps Cannabis on the Schedule I Controlled Substances list of “dangerous” drugs for having “no medical value” — while simultaneously holding a patent on the substance as “useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”
That’s right. Google U.S. patent number 6630507, and you’ll easily find the government’s own patent records on “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.”
In fact, the U.S. Government holds several patents on marijuana, which should seemingly disqualify cannabis from appearing on the Controlled Substances list.
The patent’s abstract might just say it all: “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.”
Filed on Feb. 2, 2001, the document lists Aiden J. Hampson, Julius Axelrod and Maurizio Grimaldi as “inventors,” with the assignee as “The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Hampson is a “Cannabis/Cannabinoid Expert” at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Julius Axelrod was an American biochemist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1970. Maurizio Grimaldi is an Italian-born clinical pharmacologist who holds a PhD in neuropharmacology and toxicology.
Now many are demanding answers from the government as to why, if three renowned scientific minds say cannabis is “particularly advantageous” as medicine, the substance is still listed right up there with heroin and bath salts.
Last week the Drug Enforcement Agency opted not to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, an announcement which infuriated Cannabis activists and sparked the #TalkToTheHand movement.
Thousands of legalization supporters have posted photos of their hands bearing the number of the patent: 6,630,507.
If you’d like to join in the hypocrisy-calling-out fun, here’s a handy list of a few of the hashtags and Facebook tags you can use to post your own Patent 6630507 pic:
Some folks to tag in your posts:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Donald J. Trump