The United Nations Approve WHO Recommendation On Cannabis
For those who don’t know on Wednesday, December the 2nd one of two very important votes is taking place. On Wednesday the UN voted on whether or not to accept the WHO recommendation on cannabis. Recommendation 5.1 is one of 6 proposals that were voted on. This proposal would remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Early Wednesday morning votes were cast. The UN passed the WHO cannabis recommendation. This vote was carried out by the 53 current member states of the CND. Their vote counts for all signatories of the international drug control conventions.
This victory plays a huge role in the entire global cannabis industry. This win shows the world the importance and impacts that medical cannabis has. Now many places around the world can share data and test cannabis more efficiently for medical purposes. In addition to fixing global regulatory issues that will allow for better cannabis reform. This win is exciting for players of the industry that now the world is recognizing the benefits of marijuana.
A Huge Victory For The Cannabis Industry
Those who voted in the UN left those affiliated with WHO on edge as they awaited the results. The recommendation passed with 25 to 27 votes in favor of removing marijuana from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. However, out of the 6 proposals, the remaining 5 did not pass. This vote may motivate others around the world to rethink having harsh cannabis laws. Which could potentially highlight the bright side of what this industry could offer their local economy. Especially now that The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs views cannabis to have medical benefits.
“The medical cannabis wave has accelerated in recent years already, but this will give it another boost,” Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, told Marijuana Business Daily.
“And for those countries that basically mirror the U.N. scheduling in their domestic legislation, it may lead to national descheduling and remove obstacles to use cannabis for medical and research purposes.”
What To Expect Moving Foward With Cannabis?
Now just because the UN passed the WHO Recommendation 5.1 that doest mean we should see any easing of international controls overseeing medical cannabis
“While the move doesn’t totally free the plant from treaty control, it’s a giant step toward the normalization of cannabis in medicine above all but also in our societies generally,” independent researcher Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli of CND Monitor
During this same time at some point on Wednesday, December 2nd The U.S. House Of Representatives will be voting on whether or not to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic. If the House can pass this vote maybe with the Senate drawing inspiration from the UN they will follow suit. Yet many feel they will not. Regardless cannabis reform is taking steps in the right direction for a better more efficient cannabis industry as a whole. All in all a historic vote has become victorious as the future of the cannabis industry shows to be a promising one.
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