The World Health Organization has called for the rescheduling of cannabis. On January 24th of 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres received a letter from the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The World Health Organization has suggested their recommendations for cannabis.
The WHO Recommendations
Those recommendations suggest cannabis should receive new scheduling under the international drug agreements. Additionally, the World Health Organization advises the removal of whole plant cannabis and cannabis resin from the schedule or category that it is currently under as part of the 1961 International Drug Convention.
Other recommendations are that cannabis receives a schedule l substance status per the UN treaty. This includes delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol as well as its isomers, extracts, and tinctures. Cannabis pharmaceutical products are recommended to be placed under a schedule lll listing.
What Does This Mean for the United States?
What do the recommendations of rescheduling the current listing of cannabis and cannabis pharmaceuticals by the World Health Organization mean for the United States? Tom Angell, a dedicated cannabis activist, advocate, and journalist put it best;
“The practical effects of the changes would be somewhat limited, in that they wouldn’t allow countries to legalize marijuana and still be in strict compliance with international treaties, but their political implications are hard to overstate.
Taken together, recommendations, if adopted, would represent a formal recognition that the world’s governing bodies have effectively been wrong about marijuana’s harms and therapeutic benefits for decades.
WHO’s new position comes at a time when a growing number of countries are moving to reform their cannabis policies. As such, a shift at the UN could embolden additional nations to scale back or repeal their prohibition laws. Even though legalization for non-medical or non-scientific reasons would still technically violate the global conventions.”
Another Sign Prohibition is Coming to An End
The prohibition of this widely misunderstood plant has taken center stage. People are no longer going to allow elected officials and leaders to run the country with private agendas. Those who stand against cannabis legalization will find themselves sitting out before too long.
The LaGuardia Commission Reports of 1942 and the Shafer Committee Reports of 1972 all said the same thing that American citizens and people all over the world are saying today. And that is, they want legal access to cannabis.
For far too long corporations and private investors have dominated society at their will. It’s almost as if products create sickness and a revolving door of downfalls. First, the food makes you sick. Then you visit the doctor. Then, you take their drugs made by pharmaceutical giants. And once again, you go back to the doctor for side effects.
It’s time to break this vicious cycle and allow people the choice in treating their body be it medicinally or recreationally with cannabis.