The USA and World
The United States’ political legislative disposition on marijuana has influenced the global acceptance of cannabis used as a legitimate medicine through both the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
International drug control treaties, signed by most of the United Nations’ member states decades ago are meant to prohibit the proliferation and non-medical use of dangerous drugs. Cannabis is specifically covered under most of these treaties. The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board which monitors and supports global governmental compliance with international drug control treaties, recently issued its 2017 annual report. The report contains stern warnings to its member states advising to keep the herb illegal.
The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recently announced that they now consider the non-psychoactive component of cannabis — cannabidiol or CBD — safe enough to justify not scheduling that chemical legally; and they plan to advance a disposition on cannabis later in 2018.