Friday, August 19, 2022

Bipartisan Resolution Instructs US To Influence Cannabis De-Scheduling From UN Treaty

“Many countries would deschedule cannabis and reevaluate how cannabis is classified if the U.N. did so,” said Rep. Nancy Mace.

By Nicolas Jose Rodriguez

RepresentativesĀ Nancy Mace (R)Ā andĀ Barbara Lee (D)Ā filed aĀ resolutionĀ on Friday expressing ā€œthe sense of Congressā€ that the United States representative to theĀ United Nations Commission on Narcotic DrugsĀ should use ā€œthe voice, vote, and influence of the United States to seek to de-schedule cannabis fromĀ Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961Ā and treat the plant ā€œas a commodity.ā€

In 2020, the U.N.ā€™s Commission for Narcotic Drugs voted to remove medicinal cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, following recommendations from theĀ World Health Organization.

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The U.S. voted in favor of removing cannabis from Schedule IV, however, cannabis and cannabis resin are still on Schedule I.

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ā€œMany countries would deschedule cannabis and reevaluate how cannabis is classified if the U.N. did so. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous medical conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer pain relief, nausea, and chronic and terminal illnesses. Descheduling at the U.N. would support global research into how cannabis can treat a wide range of ailments and conditions,ā€ stated Rep. Mace in a press releaseĀ on Friday.

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ā€œScientific research has shown that cannabis has wide-ranging positive effects on chronic illness treatment. The classification of cannabis as a schedule one drug is outdated, out of touch, and should be addressed not only in the United States but around the world. The United States should be leading the way on cannabis reform on the global stage, and descheduling at the United Nations would be a great start,ā€ added Rep. Lee.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.

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