July 11, 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its stance several months ago towards medical cannabis and cannabinoids, for the first time after the organization’s original position from 1954, which states that “there should be efforts towards the abolition of cannabis from all legitimate medical practice”. Updated recommendations have been sent to 53 UN countries for approval. These include e.g.:
- The scheduling of cannabis in the international drug control conventions wouldn’t be as restrictive as it is now, because it would be removed from Schedule 4 of the 1961 Convention, the category was reserved for the most dangerous substances.
- THC in all forms would be removed from the 1971 Convention and placed with cannabis in Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention, significantly simplifying cannabis classification.
- Pure CBD products containing no more than 0.2% THC would not be included in any way in the international drug control conventions.
The international scheduling proposed by WHO provides an increased possibility for countries to provide legal and safe access to medical cannabis products, as well as better ground for further research. However, there has been delay in the administrative process, which makes official legislative results possible as early as the start of next year.
Yet, such moves are major breakthroughs in international Cannabis policy. The changes on an international level should ease the process of legalization in individual countries, thus granting the benefits of medical marijuana to more people on a global scale, which will inevitably help grow the market.
Bye the way: Did you know, that the harmful use of alcohol worldwide results in 3.3 million death each year according to the WHO!? On average every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year. Less than half the population (38.3%) actually drinks alcohol, this means that those who do drink, consume on average 17 litres of pure alcohol annually.