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An Urgent Call to Action from
SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and National Families in Action (NFIA)

The UN’s World Health Organization has taken the first step to change marijuana’s status or perhaps remove it from international drug control treaties altogether. WHO will take the next step next month, which could set in motion a chain of events that could free member nations, including the United States via Congress, to legalize marijuana.
We have a chance to stop this by submitting comments to the US Food and Drug Administration, but FDA must hear from thousands of us before the end of this month. Making your voice heard is critical if you don’t want marijuana legalized, commercialized, and marketed to your kids.
Each year new drugs of abuse may be added to the treaties’ schedules, transferred from one schedule to another, or deleted. WHO convenes an expert panel to review “psychoactive substances on their potential to cause dependence, abuse, and harm to health and their potential therapeutic applications.”
The panel conducts a pre-review, then a critical review of specific drugs for WHO. Based on the reviews, WHO makes recommendations to the UN’s Secretary General, currently Antônio Guterros, who oversaw drug decriminalization as Portugal’s prime minister. The Sec. Gen. puts them up for a vote by the entire body. WHO notifies member nations when such reviews are underway. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration solicits comments from the public about the reviews’ findings. FDA considers the comments as part of its scientific and medical evaluation in its report back to WHO.
What Happened
Last year, WHO critically reviewed cannabidiol and, for the first time, began a pre-review of:

  • The cannabis plant and resin (hashish)
  • Extracts and tinctures of cannabis
  • THC, and
  • Isomers of THC. 

The pre-review of the marijuana components listed above led to the decision to conduct a critical review this year. The panel will meet in Geneva November 12-16 to conduct it. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
Click here to submit your comments. Suggested language is included. Feel free to edit, add your own comments, and tell your story. Thanks all!

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