The U.S. has been increasingly supportive of legalizing marijuana, and Canada has legalized the drug countrywide. In recognition of these changing trends in public perception, several world organizations are calling for a similar move: marijuana decriminalization worldwide.
The UN Chief Executives Board has announced they support research and policies that are science-based and health-oriented. Namely, those involving decriminalizing marijuana. The board includes 31 UN Agencies, including the Office on Drugs and Crime.
This move comes after a growing number of UN organizations have thrown their support behind the idea of marijuana legalization. Namely, organizations like The World Health Organization, UN Women, UN Development Program and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The WHO has also released their own recommendations regarding marijuana. One primary recommendation the group has made is the idea that marijuana needs to be reclassified under international treaties, citing a need for whole-plant marijuana to be removed from its current classification as Schedule IV.
WHO also maintains that THC and certain isomers be removed from a drug treaty established in the early 1970s, allowing those elements to be classified as Schedule I.
Further, WHO has gone to great lengths to specify that CBD preparations including less than 0.2% THC are not under international control. Therefore, cannabis extracts and tinctures are to be removed from the same drug treaty as THC, allowing those containing THC to be categorized under Schedule III.
If the recommendations are all accepted in a group, the world’s political groups will be admitting that the previous approach to marijuana policing has been ineffective, possibly even harmful in certain scenarios.