The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs has removed medical marijuana and its derivatives from the category of the most dangerous drugs in the world.
As noted, of the 53 states that are members of this commission, 27 countries voted for this decision, including the U.S. and the European Union, 25 countries, including Russia and China, voted against, the only state that abstained was Ukraine.
The Vienna-based commission said in a statement that cannabis was removed from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs for medical purposes. This list includes substances subject to the strictest control, for example, heroin. The decision was made on the basis of recommendations made by WHO earlier last year.
However, marijuana remained in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: it is subject to all control measures that apply to drugs.
The adopted decision will have a beneficial effect on research and use of cannabis for medical purposes, journalists write. At the same time, experts believe that the UN decision will have little impact on weakening international control, as each country in the world determines its own policy in this area.
We would like to remind you that at the end of October all-Ukrainian interrogation took place in Ukraine initiated by President Vladimir Zelensky. It took place on October 25, the day of voting at local elections. As a result most Ukrainians supported legalization of medical marijuana in the country.