Good news for humans nearly everywhere, but not a done deal yet… …see the last para of the excerpt for which nations are still foot dragging. Three guesses on the leading country which may try to kibosh this (actually very) modest reform step… …and yeah, the first two don't count….
"The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is still planning to vote on changing international cannabis laws this December, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a review into international marijuana prohibition laws and recommended the CND re-evaluate cannabis' classification as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Currently, the UN classifies cannabis as both a Schedule I and a Schedule IV drug, according to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961). The Schedule IV classification is the equivalent to the United States' Schedule I category. It's reserved for extremely dangerous and addictive drugs, and lumps in weed with over a dozen deadly opioids, including heroin and fentanyl.
The WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) recommends that cannabis flower and resin be moved from Schedule IV to Schedule I. This category, which includes cocaine and prescription opioids, is still strictly controlled, but this reclassification would make it easier for UN member nations to authorize medical marijuana research.
The ECDD also recommends that the CND remove all low-THC CBD products from every drug schedule, making them completely legal. The organization has also recommended that lab-created THC-based medicines like Marinol or Sativex be placed in a less restrictive drug category. Another recommendation suggests the CND completely remove cannabis extracts and tinctures from Schedule I of the 1961 treaty, as some of these extracts contain no THC and are not psychoactive.
The prospect of ending nearly a century of global cannabis prohibition seems to have terrified some UN member nations, particularly Russia, Indonesia, and the US. The CND met in March to vote on the proposed recommendations, but instead chose to put off the vote until this December, since many member nations seemed unprepared to vote on such an extreme policy change."
Much more in the article….
The United Nations has announced that it is still on track to vote on rescheduling cannabis this year, even if there is another outbreak of COVID-19.