WASHINGTON, March 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Reps. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., released the following statements after the introduction of their bipartisan resolution instructing the United Nations to deschedule cannabis from Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, and treat cannabis as a commodity similar to other agricultural commodities: 

“Many countries would deschedule cannabis and reevaluate how cannabis is classified if the U.N. did so. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous medical conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer pain relief, nausea, and chronic and terminal illnesses. Descheduling at the U.N. would support global research into how cannabis can treat a wide range of ailments and conditions,” Rep. Nancy Mace said. 

“Scientific research has shown that cannabis has wide-ranging positive effects on chronic illness treatment. The classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is outdated, out of touch, and should be addressed not only in the United States, but around the world. The United States should be leading the way on cannabis reform on the global stage, and descheduling at the United Nations would be a great start,” Rep. Barbara Lee said.