Marijuana has divided the UN into halves
The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs has removed cannabis and cannabis resin from the list of narcotic substances under the 1961 Convention. However, the UN reported that marijuana would remain subject to control under the provisions of the Convention.
This decision was made in last year’s recommendation of the World Health Organization. WHO also advised removing the main cannabinoids (such as dronabinol) from the lists of psychoactive substances in 1971, but the UN Commission rejected the proposal.
According to a statement by a UN commission-based in Vienna, cannabis was removed from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs for medical purposes. This list includes substances subject to the strictest controls, such as heroin.
The decision will have a positive effect on research and the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Experts believe that the UN decision will not have a rapid impact on weakening international control.
At the same time, marijuana was left in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which means that it is subject to all control measures applicable to drugs.
Fifty-three member states took part in the voting: 27 countries, including the U.S. and EU states, voted in favor of the decision; 25 countries, including Russia and China, voted against it, and one country – Ukraine abstained. However, each state will continue to determine the degree of control over cannabis trafficking independently.
We are pleased to note another step towards global legalization. At the same time, the polarization of the UN member states is noticeable, as the voices are divided equally. Conservative, authoritarian regimes that rely on tradition and a high level of state control over public life are still unable to let freedom-loving marijuana into the minds of people who must be submissive to their leaders.
Let’s see how long they manage to restrain their natural course and profit from the shadow economy created by such legal regulation.
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