US Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) Introduces Bill Opposing Medical Marijuana Expenses in SNAP Benefit Calculations: Authors of the Cannabis Papers Cite Conflicts Between Federal Law and US Diet Information as well as US Cannabinoid Patent #6,630,507

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced Senate Bill 3378 to prohibit the deduction of medical marijuana when determining federal nutrition benefits. Authors of The Cannabis Papers: A Citizen's Guide to Cannabinoids note the contradictions between federal law and current science and look forward to a new law ending the drug war.

Nixon’s law from 1970 is unscientific; it can’t account for the fact the US government owns the patent on cannabis (marijuana) and that humans have a cannabinoid system that modulates health.

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced Senate Bill 3378 to prohibit the deduction of medical marijuana when determining federal nutrition benefits.

In the July press release Senator Roberts stated: “Federal nutrition assistance, provided by American taxpayers, should not be boosted due to one’s use of medical marijuana. Marijuana is illegal to use or distribute in the United States and certainly has no place in the calculation of benefits for those in need.”

The “benefits for those in need” refers to the issue of funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Currently five states allow medical marijuana as a medical expense for determining SNAP food benefits. Roberts’ bill would make that practice illegal in every state.

“My bill makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that the use of medical marijuana cannot be used to increase food benefits,” Roberts said. “It is an abuse of precious taxpayer dollars and certainly against the policy of the United States.”

Danielle Schumacher, member of Publius and the West Coast Leaf: the cannabis newspaper of record, noted the contradictions in the federal law referred to by Senator Roberts, Nixon’s 1970 Controlled Substances Act, and a 1999 US National Institutes of Health Workshop as well as the 2003 US Cannabinoid Patent #6,630,507, a patent on the health benefits of herbal cannabinoids.

“Federal cannabis policy is in contradiction,” Schumacher summed, “and it’s hurting our health. The health benefits of a balanced omega-6/omega-3 diet, and a tablespoon of hemp (cannabis) oil provides that balance, include such varied conditions as reduced risk of atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and sudden cardiac death, improved moods in bipolar disorders, and optimized infant development. As the 1999 NIH workshop reported, in nutrition it’s the ratio that counts and cannabis oil has the balanced ratio human’s need.”

Concerning the contradiction between one law, the US Patent Office, and the federal Controlled Substances Act, Schumacher focused on politics: “In The Cannabis Papers we noted that Nixon’s law from 1970 is unscientific; it can’t account for the fact the US government owns the patent on cannabis (marijuana) and that humans have a cannabinoid system that modulates health. Herbal cannabinoids are more than medicinal – they’re healthy – and yet 800,000 Americans are arrested every year for possessing plant material – herbal cannabinoids – which our government has patented because they’re good for you. That’s illogical and points to what people are becoming aware of – the drug war is ready to be over; we just need a new law – a new peace treaty.”

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