La retirada del cannabis de la lista IV de la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes representa un paso adelante en lo que respecta al reconocimiento de los beneficios terapéuticos de la planta. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo.


By Tom Angell

Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

The body also wants delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its isomers to be completely removed from a separate 1971 drug treaty and instead added to Schedule I of the 1961 convention, according to a WHO document that has not yet been formally released but was circulated by cannabis reform advocates.

Marijuana and cannabis resin would also remain in Schedule I of the 1961 treaty—they are currently dual-designated in Schedules I and IV, with IV being reserved for those substances that are seen as particularly harmful with limited medical benefits. (That's different from the U.S. federal system, under which Schedule I is where the supposedly most dangerous and restricted drugs—like marijuana, heroin and LSD—are classified.)