Without marijuana, there would be no heavy metal. If not for how stoned the members of Black Sabbath were, metal’s thick, chocolatey riff style might never have been invented and perfected by Tony Iommi. Of course, like heavy metal, weed has always been demonized by those who don’t understand it due to a mixture of confusion, misinformation, and straight-up racism. But now, stoners around the world can rejoice, as the UN has removed marijuana from its list of harmful drugs.
As reported by Loudwire, the World Health Organization put forth a motion to remove marijuana from the United Nations’ list of Schedule IV drugs. Up until now, the Devil’s lettuce was categorized by the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs as a Schedule IV drug alongside more dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. The WHO’s motion was voted on, and won 27 to 25, with the United States among the countries who voted to remove weed from the list.
While this is a huge win for marijuana and its advocates, this doesn’t mean we can all rip the bong in public quite yet. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration still lists cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Other drugs in the same class are heroin, acid, ecstasy, and peyote. Meanwhile, cocaine, Vicodin, and OxyContin are all Schedule II drugs, meaning they have a high risk of abuse but have some medical applications. So when your family member going through chemotherapy wonders why they can’t smoke a little herb to ease their pain and bring back their appetite, it’s because the US government doesn’t see how marijuana could be medically helpful (and, you know, because Richard Nixon hated hippies and black people).
Point being: kudos to the UN for finally coming to their senses about weed. Hopefully, we’ll see Matt Pike on the floor of the United Nations soon enough.
Words by Chris Krovatin