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WHO proposes rescheduling cannabis to allow medical applications

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 05 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l574

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Why I recommend medicinal cannabis as a replacement analgesic for opioids

  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The World Health Organization has proposed rescheduling cannabis within international law to take account of the growing evidence for medical applications of the drug, reversing its position held for the past 60 years that cannabis should not be used in legitimate medical practice.

The WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence met late last year to critically review available evidence on cannabis and related substances and to agree the most appropriate level of international control.1

The current scheduling …

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