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CBD is expected to achieve international level legalization quickly


WHO recommends that CBD be removed from the control list

The earliest planting and using history of hemp can be traced back to 4000 BC in China. However, this special plant was listed as one of the dangerous drugs under strict control in the 1961 Narcotics Convention, and there was no clear distinction between CBD (cannabinoids) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in hemp.

On March 18-22 this year, during the sixty second session of the Commission on narcotic drugs, the World Health Organization proposed to remove CBD from the schedule of the international drug control convention. In other words, it’s a discussion at the international level about whether to make CBD legal.


Preparations considered to be pure cannabinoids should not be included in the schedule of the international drug control convention. To this end, the 1961 Convention should be amended by adding the footnote “preparations whose main ingredient is cannabinoids and whose δ – 9-tetrahydrocannabinol content does not exceed 0.2% are not under international control.”.

——WHO makes a clear distinction between the two components.

At that time, however, the Commission on narcotic drugs did not vote on the WHO proposal, giving countries more time to consider it. It is reported that CND meeting will be reconvened in December 2019 to vote on the review. However, there are also reports that it is likely to vote at the next regular CND meeting in March 2020.

In any case, this year or next year, it is hoped to see a change in the attitude towards CBD legislation in international legislation. As a contracting party to the 1961 Convention, China will also participate in it. It is worth looking forward to whether there will be new changes in the relevant laws and regulations of CBD in the coming 2020.


U.S. Department of agriculture begins to regulate industrial cannabis production

Since the farm act was passed in December 2018 in the United States, industrial hemp is legal in the United States, and the industrial hemp industry chain has developed rapidly. On October 31 this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the provisional final rules, which came into effect on November 1, 2019 and will be valid until November 1, 2021. The implementation of the rules aims to establish a unified regulatory framework for industrial cannabis production in the United States, which is an important step in the full implementation of the farm act 2018. The draft rules, which will be finalized in two years, will help guide the adjustment of the final rules.

U.S. Department of agriculture begins to regulate industrial cannabis production

This interim regulation makes management requirements for THC content testing, interstate transportation, and state and tribal planting plans. One week after the promulgation of the provisional regulations, opinions on the draft will be solicited through the Internet, and the discussion window will last until December 30.

“Although these rules are not perfect, they are undoubtedly progress and an important milestone in the industrial cannabis industry. While continuing to analyze these rules and their actual impact, we are looking forward to hearing the industry’s concerns and possible solutions.”


Legalization of cannabis in Mexico postponed to April next year

In 2017, Mexico’s medical cannabis has been legalized, but the appeal for legalization of recreational cannabis has not been approved, but the appeal has been advancing. Mexico has always been deeply connected with cannabis. In recent years, public opinion surveys show that 80% of Mexican people support the legalization of cannabis.

October 31, 2019 was originally the deadline for Mexico’s Supreme Court to pass the entertainment cannabis legalization bill, but Congress requested to extend the deadline until April 30 next year, and the Supreme Court granted the delay request.

Legalization of cannabis in Mexico postponed to April next year

Mexico has indicated in October 2019 that it is ready to legalize recreational cannabis, and the health sector, the public security sector and the Legislative Research Committee have been working together to draft relevant provisions in accordance with their respective jurisdictions. Due to the dispute over specific provisions, the bill could not be submitted to the Supreme Court before October 31, so legislators applied to extend the deadline, and the Supreme Court approved the extension application on October 29.

Mexico wants to legalize recreational hemp, not only to improve the quality of production of hemp products and ensure the safety of the source of supply, but also to stop violence. Supporters say 230000 people are involved in the violence in Mexico over the group’s monopoly of the drug market.

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