Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0EU
Mr Peter Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
10 May 2018
Dear Mr Reynolds, Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1128165
Thank you for your request dated 12 April 2018, in which you asked the Department of
Health and Social Care (DHSC):
“Re: World Health Organization ref: C.L.2.2018
The 40th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) of the WHO will meet in Geneva
from 4 to 8 June 2018 in a special session to review cannabis and cannabis-related
substances on their potential to cause dependence, abuse and harm to health, and potential
The WHO Executive Board requires the Secretariat to request relevant information from
Ministers of Health in Member States to prepare a report for submission to the ECDD. For
this purpose, a questionnaire was designed to gather information on the legitimate use,
harmful use, status of national control and potential impact of international control for each
substance under evaluation.
The substances concened are: cannabis plant and resin; extracts and tinctures of cannabis;
delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); stereoisomers of THC; and cannabidiol (CBD).
1. What information will the Department submit in response to this request?
2. What efforts have been made by the Department to gather information from interested
and expert parties to contribute to its submission?
3. Note that the US FDA has invited publc contributions, will the Department do the same
from the British public and if not, why not?”
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act.
DHSC does not hold the information you requested. The Department is not participating in
the 40th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.
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