Cannabis or marijuana has been removed from the most dangerous category of drugs, the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs declared recently.
Voting 27 in favor, 25 against, and one abstention, the CND’s 53-member states moved out marijuana from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
Prior to that, marijuana or cannabis had been categorized with the strictest control schedule for 59 years along with opioids and heroin.
The UN said the latest voting on marijuana will pave the way to the recognition of the potential medicinal and therapeutic effects of the “largely illegal recreational drug.”
The polling was based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations.
However, Ecuador, which voted in favor of WHO’s recommendation, said marijuana production should have “a regulatory framework that guarantees good practices, quality, innovation, and research development”.
In the Philippines, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) approved “in principle” a resolution allowing cannabidiol, or a component found in cannabis, to be allowed for usage for severe forms of epilepsy. SOVEREIGNPH