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Procedure against Hungary for cannabis opposition advanced

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The European Commission said it advanced an infringement procedure against Hungary for voting against the European Union 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.

The EC noted that Hungary voted contrary to the EU position twice during the vote on World Health Organization recommendations on cannabis and cannabis-related substances.

"The Union position, adopted by the Council in November 2020, is binding on EU Member States, who have to vote accordingly in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs," the EC said.

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.

"Our goal is an open exchange of views and an exploration of how to advance cooperation in various areas," the EC added.

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