U.S. Supports Rescheduling Cannabis Under International Law

The United States government has thrown its support behind new World Health Organization recommendations to remove cannabis from the strictest scheduling of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) and reschedule it under international law.

As Marijuana Moment reports, the U.S. government is conversely opposing a move to clarify that cannabidiol (CBD) is “not under international control.”

At a United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna on Thursday, Patt Prugh, attorney advisor at the U.S. State Department, said that the cannabidiol proposal threatens to “introduce legal ambiguities and contradictions that would undermine effective drug control.”

While the recommendation would simply offer clarification that CBD containing no more than 0.2 percent THC isn’t a controlled substance under international treaties, the U.S. came down against that and several other cannabis-related proposals. It should also be noted that none of WHO’s recommendations would promote the legalization of cannabis in any country.

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