Legal conflict with pot? |

Legal conflict with pot?

Dear Editor:

In the article “Aspen judge says man can’t use pot for medicine” (April 20, The Aspen Times), Judge James Boyd is quoted saying, “no matter what the state of Colorado has decided, the United States of America says that it is not legal.”

Indeed, cannabis and cannabinoids remain classified in Schedule I on the grounds that it has “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

Yet on Oct. 7, 2003, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent No. 6630507 to the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledging those substances’ accepted medical use in treatment and accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

Surely it is not legal to continue arresting millions of Americans on the basis of a false claim?

Jose Melendez

DeLand, Fla.

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