Historic Vote Sees UN Finally Recognise Medical Cannabis

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Just shy of six decades after cannabis was first categorised as a narcotic by the United Nations (UN), member states have finally voted to recognise the plant’s medicinal potential, accepting a proposal to reschedule it. Votes were cast on Wednesday, December 2nd, by members of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), resulting in the ratification of a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) to overturn a treaty that advises against the use of medical cannabis. Related Post WHO – Medical Marijuana Should Not Be A Scheduled Drug A Major Step Towards Cannabis Reform The UN’s 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs placed cannabis in Schedule IV, alongside a number of other drugs such as heroin. This category is reserved for dangerous substances with no beneficial uses, and is a sub-set of Schedule I, which is subject to the strictest international controls. Clearly, marijuana does not belong in this category, yet rescheduling has proved extremely hard to achieve, in spite of the mounting evidence for the plant’s medical properties. Yet in January of 2019, the WHO finally put forward a list of six recommendations concerning the status of cannabis, after spending the previous two years conducting a thorough scientific review of the issue. It’s taken almost another two years of meetings, discussions and delays for these recommendations to finally be put to a vote by the CND, yet the outcome could have major ramifications for the future of medical cannabis worldwide. What Did The WHO Recommend? After a comprehensive review of all the scientific literature regarding the medical benefits and safety profile of cannabis, the WHO recommended that the plant be rescheduled due to its obvious “therapeutic potential” and the fact that it is not “liable to produce ill-effects similar to the effects of the other substances in Schedule…

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