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The International think & do tank, FAAAT joins +40 NGOs in organizing an International Cannabis Policy Conference, attached to a major United Nations summit on cannabis and drug policies.

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Background: Hemp (Cannabis sativa L. plant) was banned globally in 1961, without any scientific reasoning. After WWII, the International community drafted an agreement signifying joint efforts to eradicate drugs, hemp ended up being a part of this, with strong guidance from the USA. FAAAT continues to urge the WHO and United Nations to perform review the validity of reasons for hemp being on the list of scheduled substances, and take action to change its listing.

Purpose of the International Cannabis Policy Conference:

  • Bring together an International community of cannabis decision makers, entrepreneurs, and scientists
  • Review and explore existing & future international law and regulations
  • Showcase potential of hemp and Cannabis policy reform for multiple Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Brief Countries, UN & WHO decision-makers about the potential of hemp and the social, economic, environmental and human rights-compliance benefits of supporting the descheduling of Cannabis on the International level
  • Expand Cannabis regulation from only covering human health to cover all potential uses as sustainable supercrops – Clarify and disprove hemp/Cannabis misconceptions, and explore the vast array of uses of hemp as an effective tool for sustainable development and societies.
  • Show up the existing, innovating and rising market.


  • Researchers, experts, specialized students
  • International community leaders and NGO stakeholders
  • International Hemp/Cannabis market leaders
  • Officials and civil servants from UN agencies – UNODC, INCB, WHO…
  • Officials from Government agencies
  • Members of diplomatic missions

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December 5-6-7th 2018, the UN Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND) will receive the final scheduling recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on cannabidiol (40th ECDD) and cannabis in all forms (41st ECDD). These recommendations will be presented to the 187 Member States at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

This CND gathering will be the final global meeting before the Highest-Level UN Session on drug policy (March 2019) where new Cannabis Treaty scheduling and the 2019-2029 plan of action will be voted by the Countries. These decisions will offer opportunities for countries to develop innovative policies and new market perspectives.

The International Cannabis Policy Conference, December 7-9th 2018 is the last opportunity for external inputs from key stakeholders: researchers, NGOs, students, public officials, policymakers, private sector businesses, investors, and all other interested parties – on this very crucial issue.

Besides scheduling controls, this event presents the contribution of cannabis & industrial hemp markets and products innovations relevant to the achievements of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a global framework for sustainable societies.

The International Cannabis Policy Conference includes sessions with top research, industry and policy leaders and an exposition hall showcasing related food, products and services. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the future of international cannabis policy right where changes happen.

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