UN Recognizes Medicinal Potential of CANNABIS, Removes from World’s Most Dangerous Drugs

UN Recognizes Medicinal Potential of CANNABIS, Removes from World’s Most Dangerous Drugs

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UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs  voted in early December this year to remove cannabis from the list of the world’s most dangerous drugs. This decision could impact the current global medical marijuana industry.

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Other highly addictive substances which are under the Schedule IV category include heroin and several other opioids.

According to the Daily Mail report, its 53-member states voted 27-25, agreed to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Russia strongly dissented the said viote, saying it is “the most abused drug globally.”China, Egypt, Nigeria, and Pakistan also opposed the decision.

The decision was weighed on its medical utlity versus its possible harm. 

Prior to the voting, many countries already decriminalized marijuana possession. Canada and Uruguay legalized the sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Meanwhile, Mexico and Luxembourg will soon have the same setup.

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Nevertheless, the UN agency decided to categorize it under the Schedule I list. Other drugs under this list include cocaine, Fentanyl, morphine, and the opiate painkiller sold as OxyContin.

However, experts said taking the drug off the strictest schedule could lead to loosening international controls on medical marijuana.

Two years earlier, the World Health Organization argued that it may have negative effects but still does not carry a significant risk of death.