World Health Organization Urges Rescheduling of Cannabis

In 1961, more than 186 parties representing the world’s governing bodies signed on to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The convention is essentially an international treaty to prohibit the production and supply of specific narcotic drugs. And under heavy U.S. pressure, the Single Convention placed the same restrictions on cannabis that it did on opium, listing marijuana as a Schedule IV drug. As defined in the treaty, Schedule IV designates a category of substances considered to have “particularly dangerous properties” in comparison to other drugs and to be “particularly liable to abuse and to produce ill effects.”

Now, more than 50 years later, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for cannabis and all of its key components, from cannabinoids to resins, to be formally rescheduled under the 1961 drug treaty.

What the WHO Call to Reschedule Cannabis Really Means: Governments Have Been Wrong for Decades

The WHO wants whole-plant marijuana, cannabis resin and other key constituents of the plant (like THC and CBD) removed from its Schedule IV classification in the 1961 drug convention.

While the WHO has not formally issued its recommendations, a leaked document details what rescheduling cannabis would entail. The proposal would eliminate whole-plant marijuana

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