U.N. Commission Approves WHO Recommendation to Reclassify Cannabis
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U.N. Commission Approves WHO Recommendation to Reclassify Cannabis

by Mike Goral

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs accepted a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The approval carries broad symbolic significance for medical cannabis, and it may boost medical cannabis legalization efforts around the world. Many experts believe that this may encourage countries to reevaluate how cannabis is classified in their own jurisdiction.

It is interesting to note that the G20, for the most part, approved this recommendation, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy and France. However, Japan and Russia did not vote in favor of the measure. Therefore, the U.S. is now on record in favor of medical declassification of cannabis under the Trump administration, paving the way for a more favorable treatment under the Biden administration.

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December 09, 2020

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