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Following the 41st meeting of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), WHO recommended in 2019, the rescheduling of cannabis and several cannabis-related substances. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs decided during its 62nd session in March 2019 to postpone the voting on the recommendations to provide Member States with more time.
During the 4th and 5th Intersessional Meeting of the Commission on 24 June 2019 and 23 September, Member States were given the opportunity to address questions to WHO. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and UNODC were also present to provide answers within their respective mandates.
During its 63rd session, the Commission decided to continue considerations of the recommendations and to vote during the 63rd reconvened session in December 2020.
Currently, Member States are conducting informal closed topical meetings on the recommendations. The first topical meeting took place on 24 and 25 June 2020 and focused on recommendations 5.4 and 5.5. The second topical meeting was organized on recommendations 5.2, 5.3 and 5.6 on 24 and 25 August 2020. The third topical meeting will focus on recommendation 5.1 and is scheduled for 6 and 7 October 2020.
The topical meetings will be followed by an intersessional meeting on 8 October 2020 and will be open to all stakeholders. Further information, including a link to the webcast, will be posted on the website of the 2nd Intersessional Meeting.
E/CN.7/2020/CRP.4 - Compilation of all questions and answers on the WHO recommendations on cannabis and cannabis-related substances raised during the fourth and fifth intersessional meeting of the Commission at its sixty-second session
E/CN.7/2020/CRP.9 - Changes in the scope of control of substances: proposed scheduling recommendations by the World Health Organization on cannabis and cannabis-related substances - summary of comments received from States parties
E/CN.7/2019/12 - Note by the Secretariat Changes on the scope of control of substances: proposed scheduling recommendations by the World Health Organization on cannabis and cannabis-related substances