EC Sues Hungary for Voting Against EU Position on Cannabis
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The European Commission on Wednesday said it decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for voting against the EU position on removing cannabis from Schedule IV of the Convention on Narcotic Drugs at a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in December 2020, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
The EC said decisions on the international scheduling of substances fall under the exclusive competence of the EU, and the European Council's decision determining the EU position is binding on member states.
The commission also noted that Hungary had voted contrary to the EU position twice during the vote on World Health Organisation recommendations on cannabis and cannabis-related substances.
The CND voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV, clearing the way for recognizing the medicinal and therapeutic potential of the drug, although keeping its non-medical use illegal.
The EC said Hungarian authorities' response in the matter to a "reasoned opinion" - the second and penultimate step of an infringement procedure - was "unsatisfactory".
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