United Nations opens the door to global cannabis legalization

+ why Canadians should check their CBD at the U.S. border and Colombian drug smugglers caught dead to rights

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to re-open talks on re-scheduling cannabis under the country’s international treaties.

Earlier this year, the United Nation’s World Health Organization recommended moving cannabis out of the category reserved for dangerous narcotics. The WHO also recommended delisting CBD entirely.

A final vote on the recommendations was delayed by the UN. The FDA is now reopening the comment period to give the U.S. government more time to shape its response.

While the recommendations won’t clear nations to legalize cannabis, it would make it easier for countries to go that route.

Read more at Marijuana Moment. 

Canadians earn lifetime bans for bringing CBD into the U.S. 

At virtually every border crossing in Canada there are signs warning travellers not to bring cannabis into the United States. What the signs don’t tell you — or need to spell out in more detail — is that CBD products are also verboten.

Several Canadians have been detained by U.S. border officials in recent weeks with CBD oils and other products. Hemp CBD is now legal in the U.S. But Canadians who try to bring CBD over the border might end up earning a lifetime ban from entering the U.S. anyway. 

Read that story at the CBC.

Colombian drug smugglers haven’t lost their knack for creativity 

While there’s more buzz around legalization these days, illegal drug smugglers in Colombia haven’t lost their knack for creativity. In Santander, Colombia, police recently pulled over a hearse carrying two coffins. They cracked one open — kudos to them on their nerve — and found a whack load of weed, according to the BBC. 

Here’s the video evidence.