U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug
Tending crops at a marijuana plantation in North Macedonia.Loulou d'Aki for The New York Times

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

By Isabella Kwai

A United Nations commission voted on Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use.

The vote by the Commission for Narcotic Drugs, which is based in Vienna and includes 53 member states, considered a series of recommendations from the World Health Organization on reclassifying cannabis and its derivatives. But attention centered on a key recommendation to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was listed alongside dangerous and highly addictive opioids like heroin.

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