After a transparent voting process, the results of the recommendations were as follows:
5.1 To delete Cannabis and Cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention
Convention; Yes=.27| No=25 | Abstention=1
Schedule IV is considered “”products or substances with dangerous properties, liable to abuse and to produce ill effects… with little or no therapeutic value”, so by having Cannabis removed from Schedule IV means that the UN finally acknowledges that Cannabis is not dangerous and that it has therapeutic benefits after all. This is a massive day for us and what sweetens it even more is that South Africa voted Yes on this!
It is by now well-known that Cannabis was placed under Schedule IV without any scientific research justifying the decision. Schedule IV for cannabis is a relic of the most extreme international drug laws inherited from 1950s morals and is representative of long discredited value systems connected to racism, intolerance, disrespect for indigenous peoples and cultures that were the hallmark of the colonial age.
(b) To add dronabinol and its stereoisomers (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) to Schedule I of the 1961 Convention
Convention: Yes 23; No 28; Abstention: 2
Because the vote was No here, no voting took place on 5.2.1; 5.2.2; 5.3.1 or 5.3.2, as they were all subject to a positive vote in the preceding recommendation.
(d) To delete extracts and tinctures of cannabis from Schedule I of the 1961 Convention
Result: Yes=24 | No= 27| Abstention=2
(e) To add a footnote to the entry for cannabis and cannabis resin in Schedule I of the 1961 Convention to read “Preparations containing predominantly cannabidiol and not more than 0.2 per cent of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol are not under international control”
Results: Yes = 6 | No = 43 | Abstention = 4
It’s very good to note that South Africa voted Yes in all four votes!