For decades, the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs has colored the treatment of cannabis. This is true for marijuana, industrial hemp, and non-intoxicating cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), derived from the plant.
This week, the United Nations considered recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), among other factors, in deciding whether to adopt measures related to international cannabis reform – the core of which were supported by the United States.
The notion that cannabis is a drug with a high potential for abuse and no therapeutic benefits has officially been stricken from the tenets of global drug policy. The vote that occurred yesterday, December 2nd, 2020, removed cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs.
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