Images of hands with “6630507” written on them and telling the DEA to “Talk to the Hand” began popping up in newsfeeds all over social media two days ago after the announcement of an online anti-propaganda campaign. The grassroots campaign led by the mother of a pediatric cannabis patient (yours truly) is literally…growing like a weed.
In light of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s decision to not remove or reschedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, this anti-propaganda campaign is gaining momentum as more and more hands featuring “6630507” flood the internet, educating people on the patent held by the US Government that proves cannabis is medicinal and nontoxic.
“The campaign is meant to bring education and awareness to as many people as possible,” said Sebastien Cotte, one of the campaign committee chairs and father to Jagger, a 6 year old pediatric cannabis patient, “the fact that the US Government is saying marijuana, cannabis, is not a medicine when they hold several patents, including this one, that proves cannabis is a medicine is beyond hypocritical. This patent completely disqualifies cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.”
More and more American citizens are now openly telling the DEA and FDA to “talk to the hand” with their hypocrisy. The U.S. Patent Office issued US Patent No 6,630,507 to the U.S.Health and Human Services in early 2001. The patent lists the use of certain cannabinoids (cannabis compounds) within the cannabis sativa plant as medicinally useful in many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia, as well as proving nontoxicity of the plant.
So the issuance of this patent and any of the numerous others that prove cannabis has medicinal benefits, is a direct contradiction of the US government’s definition for the classification of a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Meaning cannabis shouldn’t be listed on the Controlled Substances Act at all, just like alcohol and tobacco, which are not listed, even though both alcohol and tobacco are potentially lethal, and cannabis is not.
The DEA’s Hypocrisy
DEA chief, Chuck Rosenberg, put the monkey on the back of the Food & Drug Administration, “This decision isn’t based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine,” he said, “and it’s not.”
Oh Chuck – you’re so wrong… again.
Your position at the DEA requires someone who will recognize science and facts, not blatantly deny them. It’s no laughing matter.
In fact, there were thousands and thousands of signatures submitted to the DEA last December, calling for Chuck Rosenberg’s resignation after he called medical marijuana, “a joke”. Many believe this statement and the DEA’s stance on the plant last week will be the nail in Rosenberg’s DEA career coffin. Medical marijuana patients and cannabis advocates all over the globe are calling Rosenberg, the DEA, the FDA and any cannabis oppositionist to the proverbial carpet with facts in hand, the 6630507 hand. Plastering #TalkToThe6630507Hand all over the virtual world.
Reefer Madness has left the building, ladies and gentlemen.
Science, facts, and data are easily researched in the new millennium. US Gov Patent No 6630507 has almost 3 dozen submitted scientific and clinical data that span decades to get this patent approved.
So much for not having any long term research on cannabis. This patent debunks that myth too. In 1988–after reviewing all evidence brought forth in a lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, Judge Francis Young (the DEA’s own administrative law judge) wrote:
“The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the Drug Enforcement Administration to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence.” Judge Francis Young of the DEA went on to say: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. In strict medical terms, marijuana is safer than many foods we commonly consume.” -US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition,” [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988), p. 57.
The DEA refused logic and science in 1988, some 28 years ago and again last week, with far more research and results available, and 26 states that have some sort of legal medical marijuana laws.
Hypocritical is putting it nicely.
Dastardly is more accurate.
Compassion and logic are nowhere to be found.
But for the cannabis movement that often seems divided between recreational or medical, “cannabis” or “marijuana”, CBD or THC, it was literally the last straw. The blatant hypocrisy and denial of all natural, non-lethal medicine to patients has united the masses…hands flashing 6630507, and some fingers blazing a direct submessage.
The “Talk to the 6630507 Hand” Campaign
The “Talk to the 6630507 Hand” Anti-Propaganda online campaign was designed to highlight the individual hands of the people, uniting individuals into one mass message while maintaining their individuality.
Rather than flooding the internet with clip art, graphic design or specific image, it was important for people to understand, this is a person, this is a patient, we are talking about people’s lives, which is why we opted to post our own hands, beginning with my wife’s,” said Jason Hilterbran, Co-Founder of American Medical Refugees and co-creator of the Talk To The 6630507 Hand Anti-Propaganda Campaign, “the messages that people are writing on their hands, their loved ones’ hands – it is so powerful. There is no denying this message. They cannot ignore us this time.”
The campaign has already been mentioned on national news, on celebrity talk shows and is burning up the internet, with new articles popping up hourly, after coming to life just days ago in a little town called Florence, Colorado.
The Instagram #Talktothe6630507Hand page that was overrun with pictures was quickly censored only to have more pop up with renovations on the hashtag #patent6630507 #USPatent6630507 and more. The Talk to the 6630507 Hand movement and members seem unwilling to go unheard.
Learn More & Get Involved
If you would like to flash your 6630507 Hand and become a part of the Anti-Propaganda campaign meant to create the necessary momentuam to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, you can go to the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TalkToThe6630507Hand which will also have information on the upcoming website, merchandise, and what you can do in your local community.
Cannabis education should begin with our Government’s patents on cannabis and the need to remove it from the Controlled Substances Act, immediately.
This post was originally published on August 18, 2016, it was updated on March 15, 2017.