I hope this is in the right place, I had considered putting it in health and wellbeing but it's more about the legal side than the medical side I'm interested in.please feel free to move it if you feel the need.
G W a British company who are licensed to manufacture Sativex here in the UK, have patented not only the Sativex product ingredients and manufacturing process of Sativex from cannabis, but have also gone on to patent hundreds of other things related to cannabis strains, growing methods and the hundreds of compounds found within cannabis. A statement by a company director said on film. If someone stole and grew one plant strain that they have a patent on, it would be breaking the law. How did they get to do this legally without someone realising this is potentially going to stop or limit further medical advances by other interested parties here in the UK, if not throughout the world?
I can understand them copy righting the product they have had licenced and brought to market. How can they patent the hundreds of compounds held within cannabis? And the many strains they have come accross? How can they patent the many growing methods of cannabis and hundreds of combinations of those compounds?
Can we access the patented company records and see just what they have already patented without having to pay for that information? The director flicked through pages and pages of A4 with lots of patented items on them relating to cannabis strains, through to cannabis production, compounds and and formulas of compounds.
If you you want to look at the documentary I found it on BBC I player It think it's about 4 years old and is more focused on the medical marijuana industry in the USA in terms of big business and investment. only a small part of it is in reference to the G W company and the UK but well worth a watch.