U.S. Does Not Support World Health Organization Proposal Of Removal Of CBD From International Drug Control And Enforcement
The U.S. recently announced that it does not support a WHO proposal to remove CBD extracts with less than 0.2% THC from international drug control. The U.S. believes that it could create loopholes and contradictions that would undermine proper drug control. While the U.S. agrees to remove cannabis from Schedule 4 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961), it will not accept exempting mostly CBD preparations. These comments were made by U.S. State Department attorney Patt Prugh virtually during a final meeting of the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs that was held before the December vote on changing the way how cannabis is scheduled in international narcotics treaties.
Last year, the WHO came up with six recommendations for changing the way that cannabis and cannabis-related substances are scheduled in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971. However,
…most of the cannabis-scheduling recommendations would have little impact on international drug controls or tighten requirements.
In response, Prugh said that the U.S. would support only two of the six recommended changes put forward by the World Health Organization – Recommendation 5.1 and Recommendation 5.4. Prugh supported this view by arguing that if other recommendations were added, it would lead to legal ambiguities and contradictions that would undermine effective drug control and could even lead to exclusion of control of all THC derived from cannabis. The U.S. believes that member states can set their own THC threshold for criminalization. The problem with this is that not every country has the lab technology or resources to investigate CBD and create threshold laws.
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