World Health Organization Recommends Removing Restrictions on Marijuana

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new recommendation that could greatly change the way marijuana is regulated in international treaties going forward.

The WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence released a new report in which they recommend rescheduling marijuana in international treaties. They recommend removing THC and cannabis from the Schedule IV designation, which is the harshest designation, and moving it to Schedule I, which is the most lenient. They also recommend removing CBD entirely from any drug control treaties going forward.

The committee essentially said in their report that the prevailing medical evidence says marijuana is not as dangerous as the other narcotics in the Schedule IV designation, and that it's illogical to continue treating it that way.

WHO's recommendations will now be sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The UN will then decide whether or not to change how marijuana is treated under international drug treaties, with a decision possibly coming in March but may be delayed until 2020 since the WHO report came in later than expected.

If the UN were to change how marijuana is handled under international treaties, that could dramatically change the worldwide cannabis industry. Governments could begin allowing the import and export of marijuana, which would open up huge opportunities for the industry.

(h/t Marijuana Business Daily)

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