The race is on to own cannabis, and companies like Bayer, Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are working feverishly to devise ways of patenting this natural medicinal plant. If they succeed, the landscape of legal weed will change forever in favor of corporate monopolies and quality control empires which will crush diversity in this growing cash crop.
For the lawn, garden and agrochemical companies to want in on the growing cannabis market is no surprise, for it’s the fastest growing trend this industry has ever seen, as even noted by the CEO of Scotts.
“Jim Hagedorn, CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, has even said that he plans to “invest, like, half a billion in [taking over] the pot business… It is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in lawn and garden.”
He has also invested in companies such as Leaf, which grows cannabis in an electronically regulated indoor terrarium accessible via smartphone.” [Source]
Patents related to cannabis and cannabis products are increasingly being filed with the U.S. Patent Office, both large companies, and smaller ventures. In a recent article on this topic, Forbes magazine answered the question of whether or not cannabis can be patented:
“Yes, this is presently a small area of activity, but may also represent an opportunity. Plants can be patented in two ways, by way of “utility patents” (like 95% of all patents) or by way of a separate “plant patent” category. Utility patents are much stronger; plant patents are narrowly focused on a single “parent” plant and its direct descendants. By my count, there are currently only 5 US plant patent cases (4 pending applications, 1 issued patent), and 11 utility plant-directed patent cases (8 pending applications, three issued patents). Two companies are currently the main players in plants: the plant-focused Biotechnology Institute (Los Angeles CA) has three issued patents as well as two pending applications, and GW Pharmaceuticals (UK) has two plant-focused applications. GW is notable for having the largest cannabis-directed portfolio (80+ US cases) of all companies in the space, and is particularly focused on methods of treating diseases.” [Source]
Pharmaceutical drugs kill more people each year than do illegal drugs. The big corporations know this and work to avoid liability for their harm, even in the face of such an overwhelming crisis like the opioid epidemic.
The main thing to note here is that this goes far beyond economic terms. It is a matter of personal freedom and a very effective means of protesting and bypassing the medical-pharmaceutical corporate cartels which now have the world hooked on dangerous chemical drugs.
If a person such as Tommy Chong can cure his cancer by growing plants on his rooftop then having a friend process these plants into consumable, natural oils to save his life, we have efficiently found a way to overcome the dominance of big pharma.
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