The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has reclassified Cannabis also known as Marijuana or bhang from the list of deadly and addictive drugs like heroin. The 53 member state commission took a number of decisions on Wednesday 2nd of December 2020 , leading to changes in the way cannabis is internationally regulated, including its reclassification out of the most dangerous category of drugs. This was a historic vote with 27 states in favor, 25 against, and one abstention at a time when countries are legalizing the use of Cannabis both for medicinal and recreational purposes with Canada and Uruguay being examples.
This decision could propel more scientific research on the herb’s medicinal properties and also motivate countries to legalize the drug for medicinal use, and reconsider laws on its recreational use as well. Cannabis is still illegal in Kenya and the offenders face up to eight years in jail, . There have been notable campaigns for it’s legalization in Kenya from the former Member of parliament of Kibra constituency the late Hon. Ken Okoth citing it’s medicinal values.