On December 2, 2020, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs CND held its 63rd session in Vienna to tea decision on Cannabis Proposal. At the meeting, with 27 votes in favor, 1 abstention, and 25 votes against. The World Health Organization WHO’s cannabis recommendation 5.1, from 1961. Cannabis and cannabis resin were deleted from Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 2016. This historic vote represents that the United Nations. As the world’s highest-level institution has officially clarified the medical value of cannabis to the world. The “epic” great victory has struck across the board, and the global cannabis industry will once again set off a huge wave!
Cannabis Breaks Through The Highest Level of International Control
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the main drug decision-making body of the United Nations. The successful passage of Recommendation 5.1 is of great revolutionary significance to medical cannabis. It represents that cannabis has broken the world’s highest level of international control. In addition to acquiescing to the medical effects of cannabis, it can also make great efforts. Promote the development of global legalization of medical marijuana. Martin Jelsma, director of the Drug and Democracy Project of the Netherlands-based Transnational Research Institute, said that this major decision by the United Nations has accelerated the arrival of the medical marijuana wave and will reach a peak in the future, and at the same time it can go smoothly. Remove barriers to medical marijuana research between countries, paving the way for the development and use of marijuana drugs.
In the affirmative votes, the representative countries are Australia, France, the United States, Canada, etc. In the negative votes, the representative countries are Brazil, Japan, Pakistan, etc. Ukraine chose to abstain. Although the WHO Recommendation 5.1 won by a narrow margin, the other 5 recommendations were rejected.
[Recommendation 5.2] Failed
Include dronabinol and its stereoisomer (δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention; delete it from Schedule 2 of the 1971 Convention, provided that The Committee adopted a proposal to include it in Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention.
23 votes in favor, 2 abstentions, 28 votes against
[Recommendation 5.3] Failed
Tetrahydrocannabinol (the isomer of δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) was added to Schedule I of the 1961 Convention, subject to the approval of the Commission on adding dronabinol and its stereoisomers to the 1961 Convention Recommendation in Schedule 1 of the Convention; and delete THC from Schedule 1 of the 1971 Convention, subject to the Commission’s approval of the proposal to add it to Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention.
This item is related to the approval of Recommendation 5.2 and was rejected.
[Recommendation 5.4] Failed
Delete cannabis extract and tincture from Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention. The reason is that extracts and tinctures do not need to be listed because these products are also considered “preparations” and are therefore subject to regulation.
24 votes in favor, 2 abstentions, 27 votes against
[Recommendation 5.5] Failed
Add a footnote under the cannabis and cannabis resin entry in Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention, which reads “Preparations containing mainly cannabidiol and δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol content not exceeding 0.2% are not subject to international control”.
6 votes in favor, 4 abstentions, 43 votes against
[Recommendation 5.6] Failed
A preparation containing δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (dronabinol). That is a chemically synthesized preparation or a cannabis preparation that is mixed with one or more other ingredients to form a medicament. The preparation method is such that δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol Cannabinol (dronabinol). That cannot be reduced by easy-to-use means, or the reduced output does not pose a threat to public health, is listed in Schedule 3 of the 1961 Convention.
This item is related to the approval of Recommendation 5.2 and was rejected.
Among other recommendations, the regulatory status involving THC has been rejected. This means that even if Recommendation 5.1 wins. There is no need to worry about the failure of the various countries involved in the control of cannabis.
What Does Cannabis Proposal Voting Mean For The United States?
Facts have proved that the process of legalization of cannabis in the United States affects. The development of international drug regulations and the legalization of cannabis worldwide. In this proposal, the United States chose to vote for it, which means that the United States is willing and confident to realize it. The fulls legalization of cannabis. It also affects the development direction of cannabis companies in various countries, including the United States.
Dirk Heitepriem, vice president of Canopy Growth, said that although various cannabis regulations depend on the laws of various countries around the world, members of the United Nations have the right to determine their cannabis regulations. The United States has played an important role in it, and cannabis companies also want more countries. It is possible to gradually open up the marijuana policy and enable more patients to be able to receive medical marijuana treatment while opening up the relevant medical marijuana market.
In this meeting, it is not difficult to find that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs only discussed and voted on medicinal cannabis and derivatives. Recreational cannabis and added food, topical and dietary supplements were not voted on. It is not difficult to see that the United Nations The differentiation and treatment of marijuana is strictly controlled, which also proves the value of medical marijuana.
In the United States, CBD drugs have attracted much attention, and the THC content of these drugs can reach up to 0.2%. Therefore, although other recommendations have been rejected, they will not be affected to a large extent in the United States. At the same time, with the help of policies, the United States will usher in the peak of the medical cannabis market, and the supervision of cannabis and its derivatives will also be greatly enhanced.
Is There Any Hope For Other Cannabis Proposals?
Riboulet-Zemouli, an independent researcher at the cannabis regulatory agency, said that the WHO has made great efforts for this resolution. Although only one of the six recommendations was passed with a slight advantage, it does not mean that the other recommendations have been completely defeated.
At the international level, although the highest level of international control has been removed. No country will relax its supervision of cannabis for this reason. At the same time, in the 53 member states, many countries have demonstrated their marijuana policies. Tolerant attitude”, among all the signatories of the international drug control conventions. More and more countries have a friendly attitude towards cannabis. This will become the direction for WHO to work hard in the next few years, or even more than ten years.
Will The WHO Go Further? The Doctors Think It, Will!
Since the first announcement of the six recommendations in January 2019. The United Nations has taken into account the enormous difficulties of the comprehensive reform of cannabis. In March, CND member states dealt with and analyzed the implications and consequences of the recommendations. From June to October, UN member states held 3 informal non-public theme meetings. This followed by inter-sessional meetings to seek relevant stakeholders to adopt the economic, legal, administrative, and social impacts involved in the proposed amendments Exchange opinions on issues. At this point, the proposal has finally settled. But the improvement and supervision of cannabis regulations are still on the way.
When discussing recommendation 5.5. The representative of Canada stated that the Convention on Biological Diversity does not meet the international control standards set. By the drug conventions involving abuse and dependence risks and should be fully supported by scientific evidence. Other countries indicated that they would conduct compliance investigations on other recommendations in the future and have reservations.
After all the calls came out. This major UN resolution is bound to affect the forward development of the cannabis industry in 2021. The cannabis monitoring agency said that 2021 and 2022 are important years for the global cannabis industry. cannabis sales will increase rapidly. With the continued positive international cannabis policy and the accumulation of the cannabis market. It is believed that while improving the cannabis regulatory system. Countries will make great strides to give full play to the health value of medical cannabis, adding weight to the “green gold” industry. The global legalization of a cannabis revolution. The pound is coming!