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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday in Vienna that it needed more time to decide whether marijuana should be removed from international drug treaties.

Under the current platform, marijuana is scheduled in international drug treaties as a Schedule 1 drug, classified among the world’s most dangerous.

The WHO was due to report on cannabis to the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the body that can add or remove drugs from international treaties banning them, or give them a higher or lower priority.

The issue has come up after a wave of medical and recreational legalization of cannabis in countries such as Canada, Germany, Italy, Australia, and many U.S. states. However because there are currently only two countries with federally legal recreational cannabis - Canada and Uruguay - it is an issue less likely to be pushed for.

Canada openly admitted to contradicting its international drug treaties responsibilities when it legalized recreational cannabis, but deemed the treaties signed in the late 1960’s and early 1970's out of date.

As well, many highly conservative countries such as Russia, China, Egypt and Singapore have pushed back on altering the status of cannabis internationally, deeming the drug “dangerous.”

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/4739793/marijuana-ban-un-treaty/

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