Even the 53 Member States of the CND, the UN’s central medication policy-making body, voted to eliminate cannabis from this Program — in which it was put for 59 years — to which the strictest control steps apply, that normally discouraged its use for clinical purposes.

Based on news reports, the conclusion may drive further scientific research to the plant’s medicinal properties.

Back in January 2019, WHO introduced six recommendations surrounding the record of cannabis in global drug control treaties. While the suggestions were presented for decision by the CND in its March 2019 session, most nations asked more time to examine the issue and specify their positions, based on news reports. Consequently, the vote followed two decades of intensive and in depth consideration.

One of WHO’s recommendations, it had been indicated that cannabidiol (CBD) with two per cent or less Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the addictive chemical ) shouldn’t be subject to international controls. Member States rejected that recommendation for a number of reasons, such as a few Member States asserting that CBD isn’t currently under global control and there was, hence, no demand for actions. CBD has taken on a prominent part in health therapies in the past couple of decades, and ignited a billion-dollar business.

Presently, over 50 nations have embraced medicinal cannabis programs while Canada, Uruguay and 15 US states have legalized its own recreational use, together with Mexico and Luxembourg with political disagreements regarding whether to follow this route.

After voting, some states made statements in their stances. Ecuador supported all WHO’s recommendations and advocated that cannabis production, use and sale, have”a regulatory framework which promises great practices, quality, innovation and research creation”.

Meanwhile, the USA voted to eliminate cannabis from Schedule IV of the Single Convention while keeping them in Schedule I, stating it’s”consistent with the science demonstrating while a secure and powerful cannabis-derived healing was grown, cannabis itself has been pose substantial dangers to public health and should continue to be regulated under the global drug control conventions”.

Voting against, Chile contended, among other matters, that”there’s a direct connection between using cannabis and increased likelihood of experiencing depression, cognitive deficit, anxiety, psychotic symptoms, amongst others” while Japan said that the non-medical utilization of this plant”may contribute to adverse health and social consequences, particularly among youth”.

Total statements from Members of this Commission describing their respective votes are available inside this hyperlink .