What’s That Number Everyone’s Writing on Their Hands?

Spotted in the wild by Joan Eberhardt

By Joan Eberhardt

Talk to the Hand About Medical Cannabis

Folks are posting photos of their hand with the number 6630507 written on them, but what’s up with that? The number refers to a patent, issued by the United States Patent Office in 1999. The patent is currently owned by the U.S. Government and states that “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties . . . . This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment . . . of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”

By posting the number all over social media, marijuana advocates are calling out the federal government’s hypocrisy. Earlier this month the DEA declined to reschedule cannabis away from Schedule 1, essentially keeping it as restricted as heroin. The DEA said that because there is not a sufficient amount of research that cannabis would have any medical properties, the agency would not be rescheduling until more research is complete.

Legal Cannabusiness Continues to Leave African Americans Behind

Maryland’s legal cannabis implementation plan was intended to make that state’s business the most inclusive and diverse one in the U.S., a noble goal for a state where one-third of the residents are Black. When the state issued 15 business licenses earlier this month, however, none of those companies were led by an African American. Of all the states in the U.S. with legal cannabis, Maryland is by far the most diverse and the cannabis industry definitely has a diversity problem. When cannabis is illegal, African Americans are imprisoned disproportionately, and when cannabis is legal, that same population is routinely shut out of business opportunities.

State Del. Cheryl Glenn of Baltimore, and chairperson of the Legislative Black Caucus, said she may file a legal injunction to halt business licensing in Maryland or asking the state to issue additional awards to minority-owned businesses.  

Cannabis and Sports: A Short Roundup

The Rio Olympics have come and gone and, for the most part, cannabis was a non-issue at this year’s games. In fact, Olympic rules were changed to accommodate a small amount of THC in an athlete’s body. Which is incredibly helpful for the two fastest men on land or sea.

Nate Diaz, who recently lost a UFC fight to Conor McGregor may end up facing anti-doping violations. Diaz insists he was vaping CBD to help reduce inflammation as a routine part of his training. Earlier this year Diego Brandao was suspended for 9 months after he tested positive for marijuana use.

Avery Collins, a 24-year-old ultramarathoner, recently discussed with Leafly how cannabis helps him compete. Avery runs races that take him 4,000 feet up the side of a mountain, and often as far as 200 miles, all on foot. At the height of training before a race Avery will run up to 150 miles per week and to help push through the pain he says he will smoke cannabis before heading out to run and then later to help recover more quickly.

Floyd Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France but was later disqualified after violating doping rules, is also getting into the CannAthelete business. Landis announced recently that he will be launching his own line of cannabis products in Colorado.  

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