The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the list of substances requiring the most stringent control.
According to the site, 27 members of the commission voted for this decision, 25 were against it, one abstained. The commission in question is the main UN body in the field of legislation on psychoactive substances. According to its decision, cannabis is no longer listed among such substances as the potent fentanyl opioid.
Experts believe that in many countries that are oriented to the UN in the reform of their laws, it will be easier to study cannabis and its derivatives from the medical and scientific point of view.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed that cannabis be removed from the list of hardest drugs. Five other points to weaken control over derivatives of the plant were discussed with that recommendation, but none of them were accepted by the commission.
In November, it was reported that more than two-thirds of U.S. residents were in favor of legalizing marijuana. Medical use of marijuana has been legalized in several European countries (Italy, the Czech Republic) and in more than 30 U.S. states. In other states, in particular Portugal and Austria, there are rules that decriminalize cannabis trafficking – it is allowed to use it in special cafes, cultivation of cannabis in small amounts is not prosecuted.