When the World Health Organization recommended earlier this year that cannabis be rescheduled under international law, advocates cheered the news. Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli, the head of research at Paris-based drug policy nonprofit FAAAT, called it “the best outcome that WHO could’ve possibly come up with.”
But for the time being, the reforms—which would loosen restrictions on cannabis and certain chemical components as well as remove CBD completely from international control—are purely theoretical. They’re recommendations. Now the United Nations has to decide what to do with them.