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UN Vote: Divide between countries reflects approach to freedom

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:

YES NO
Austria

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Colombia

Croatia

Czech Republic

Ecuador

El Salavador

France

Germany

India

Italy

Jamaica

Mexico

Morocco

Nepal

Netherlands

Poland

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Bahrain

Brazil

Burkino Faso

Chile

China

Cote d’Ivoire

Cuba

Egypt

Iraq

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kyrgysztan

Hungary

Japan

Libya

Nigeria

Pakistan

Peru

Russia

Togo

Turkey

Turkmenistan

 

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