Meetings in Vienna to sharpen global guidelines for cannabis, CBD

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An International Cannabis Policy Conference Dec. 7-9, 2018 in Vienna is the last opportunity for stakeholder input into crucial international regulations that will go to the United Nations next year.

The Conference overlaps with a UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting Dec. 5-7, also in Vienna, during which WHO representatives will give the definitive outcome and recommendations for the re-scheduling of cannabis, and guidelines for cannabidiol to the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). CND is the only United Nations body dealing with cannabis policy.

Potential for development

Recommendations coming out of the Policy Conference will supplement WHO re-scheduling guidelines by emphasizing the potential for the development of cannabis and industrial hemp markets as well as products and innovations that meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a global framework for eco-responsible societies.

The Policy Conference is organized by FAAAT, an international lobbying organization and think tank.

Penultimate step

The Vienna events mark the penultimate step toward re-orientation of international norms addressing cannabis, with input from both forums to be considered during the UN session on drug policy in March 2019. That session is to set new Cannabis Treaty scheduling and establish a 2019-2029 joint plan of action on drugs for all countries. The 10-year plan is an opportunity to guide countries in developing innovative policies and new market perspectives for cannabis, FAAAT said.

The International Cannabis Policy Conference includes sessions with top research, industry and policy leaders, and an exposition hall showcasing related food, products and services, organizers said.

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