Take a look at which countries voted for cannabis reform and those against it. Overlay that with a map of personal freedoms and it becomes clear that those against are mostly control-centred regimes that frown on individual liberty (Japan being the exception to the rule)
The 54 member Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) met on 2 December 2020 to vote on a number of World Health Organization recommendations to decriminalize cannabis. The only one of five recommendations to be accepted was Schedule 5.1, which basically recognizes cannabis as a medicine and not just a drug. Of the serving members of the CND 28 voted in favour, 25 against and Uzbekistan abstained.
Eleven African countries (shown in Green below), currently serve on the CND. With the noticeable exceptions of South Africa and Morocco, they voted against 5.1, indicating a wide fault-line in Africa’s approach to cannabis. Latin America was also divided in its support, while the European Union countries voted as a bloc, along with the US and the UK. Japan was the one noticeable ‘first world’ country that voted against the proposal.
How they voted: know the enemy
27 yes, 25 no, 1 abstention: