Pubdate: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 Source: Billings Outpost, The (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Billings Outpost Contact: http://www.billingsnews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2933 Author: Arliss Pereau MARIJUANA HAS BENEFITS When Sen. [Jeff] Essmann discovered that there might be people holding cannabis cards who did not have excruciating pain or a terminal illness, he thought he had better take cannabis away from everyone, possibly especially the sick people. They were saying that cannabis helped them to tolerate various conditions that had not responded well to prescription medications. Can't have sick people going around advocating the use of a pain killer that does not cause strokes, heart attacks, sudden, fatal internal bleeding, or an intense addiction. U.S. Patent 6630507 is assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. The patent claims that cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, making cannabis useful in the treatment of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases such as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Cannabinoids may function as neuroprotectants limiting neurological damage following strokes and trauma, or in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The patent was obtained Oct. 7, 2003. It seems our government does believe that cannabis is medically beneficial after all. Arliss Pereau Billings - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.