The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), part of the United Nations (UN), has just accepted a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from List IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. A historic victory for the plant on a global level.
Historic victory for cannabis
Indeed, the United Nations drug organisation recommended that cannabis be removed from LIST IV of the UN drug conventions as early as early 2019. After it was postponed a few times, today was the day. The long-awaited approval of Recommendation 5.1 had a narrow majority in favor with 27 votes in favor, 1 did not vote and 25 against.
Earlier, 193 NGOs jointly submitted a statement to the UN to promote the vote, including 10 Dutch NGOs.
What does this mean for cannabis?
Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute told Marijuana Business Daily: “The wave of medicinal cannabis has already accelerated in recent years, but this will give it a new boost. (…) And for those countries that essentially reflect UN planning in their domestic legislation, this can lead to national suspension and removal of obstacles to the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes.”
Independent researcher Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli the same platform said: “While this step does not completely free the plant from treaty control, it is a giant step towards the normalization of cannabis in medicine, especially in our societies in general. (…) It has taken decades of effort to remove cannabis from Schedule IV, with implications that will be slowly but surely noticed in the coming decades.”