United Nations (UN) Commission approved the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove cannabis from the most dangerous category of drugs in the world for medical purposes.
In a vote by the Narcotics Drug Commission (CND) by 53 member countries, some 27 votes expressed support for allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. About 25 votes raised their objections and one vote abstained.
Experts say that the vote will not have an immediate impact on easing international controls because the government still has jurisdiction over how to classify marijuana.
However, many countries consider this toward a global convention as a guide, and the recognition of the United Nations is a symbolic victory for supporters of changing drug policy.
“This is a huge and historic win for us, we couldn’t hope for more,” said independent drug policy researcher Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli.
This decision develops medicinal and therapeutic potential
The CND decision opens the door to the development of potential medicinal and therapeutic drugs, although in most countries the use of cannabis for medical purposes is still illegal. On the other hand, this change could be an effort to legalize marijuana around the world.
Quoting the UN’s official website, the decision this time could also encourage scientific research to uncover the medicinal properties of marijuana and act as a catalyst for countries to legalize it for medical purposes and reconsider laws on recreational use.
WHO’s key recommendation since January 2019 was to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on narcotics – which included it on the list of dangerous and addictive opioids such as heroin.
WHO classifies cannabidiol (CBD) as a non-intoxicating compound that has played an important role in health therapy in recent years.
Countries that have used cannabis as medicine
Currently more than 50 countries have used cannabis for temporary medicine, such as in Canada, Uruguay, and 15 US states that have legalized it for recreational use. Meanwhile Mexico and Luxembourg will follow suit to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
The medical use of marijuana and its derivatives such as cannabidiol (CBD) and nonintozxicating compounds has increased in recent years.
Numerous studies have shown that using CBD can protect the nervous system and relieve seizures, pain, anxiety, and inflammation. A number of products containing marijuana include creams, serums, sodas, and juices.