I’m not sure how I missed this, but I came across this story on FB today. The World Health Organization, or the WHO, has called for Cannabis to be descheduled as a drug, admitting that they were wrong. That’s right folks, global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties.
This means that the WHO will change all the official writing or regulations regarding cannabis – that includes the removal of whole-plant marijuana and cannabis resins from the “extremely restrictive” list of substances logged under the heading Schedule IV in their official database. All THC-contaminated substances or isomers as they’re called in the scientific community will also switch over to a less restrictive category – to match the U.S. Government’s Schedule I categorization.
The body also wants delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol lovingly known as THC and its isomers to be completely removed from a separate 1971 drug treaty and instead added to Schedule I of the 1961 convention, according to a WHO document that has not yet been formally released but was circulated by cannabis reform advocates.
That’s not it. Even better is, they also moving to make clear that cannabidiol, lovingly known as CBD and focused preparations containing it with no more than 0.2 percent THC are “not under international control” at all. It had previously been the case that CBD wasn’t scheduled under the international conventions, but the new recommendation is to make that even more clear.
This is a huge win for the national and even the global war on drugs, as the WHO’s recommendations help shape legislation around the world.