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Inside the billion-dollar race to patent cannabis - Cannabis News
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has already issued several patents for specific kinds of cannabis (most recently one for a variety of high-CBD hemp), and for more wide-ranging “utility patents,” but so far they’ve gone unenforced and even unnoticed.
“You can’t patent a plant, man.” You may have heard that late one night while passing around a doobie -- and it sure sounds right.
After all, how could a capitalist enterprise be given legal domain over the DNA of a living being?
As anyone familiar with corporate agribusiness knows, however, it’s not only entirely possible to patent a plant, it’s commonplace.
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David Bienenstock ~ Leafly.com ~
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