Personally, I was very taken aback a while ago when I went over to the European Patent Office's website, only to see how far behind we [in the U.S.] were falling behind.
Doing a search under the keywords, HEMP, or CANNABIS quickly shows that the majority of those patients are issued to companies with names like; "Fu-Manchu Laboratories" or "La-Frog Pharmaceuticals" etc. Few American companies are listed.
It then should come as no surprise that much of the modern-day R&D on Cannabis is currently done abroad. Perhaps the best example of this is GW Pharmaceuticals which already has products on sale in various countries.
According to their website:
SATIVEX (R) OROMUCOSAL SPRAYNote, however that other pharmaceuticals, some start ups working on a shoestring, some long established in pharmaceuticals, are also getting involved. A good internet web search can help locate many of them.
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