WHO Recommends Reclassifying Cannabis In U.N. Convention On Narcotic Drugs To Allow For Medical Use

The BMJ: WHO proposes rescheduling cannabis to allow medical applications
“The World Health Organization has proposed rescheduling cannabis within international law to take account of the growing evidence for medical applications of the drug, reversing its position held for the past 60 years that cannabis should not be used in legitimate medical practice…” (Mayor, 2/5).

Health Policy Watch: WHO Recommends Cannabis Be Reclassified In U.N. Convention On Narcotic Drugs
“The World Health Organization has recommended to the U.N. Secretary General that cannabis and cannabis resin be removed from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — a classification of drugs with ‘particularly dangerous properties,’ including narcotics such as fentanyl, heroin, and other opioids…” (Fletcher, 2/7).

Newsweek: WHO Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis In International Law For First Time In History
“…The WHO says that it has not reviewed cannabis since it was scheduled in 1961 because there was not sufficient scientific research into the health effects of the drug. However, the organization said that in recent years this situation had changed as attitudes toward the drug shifted. Cannabis and cannabis-related products have now been legalized for medical use in several countries around the world, while Canada, South Africa, and Uruguay — as well as several U.S. states — permit its recreational use…” (Georgiou, 2/8).

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