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Canada is another step closer to legalizing cannabis.
The task force's recommendations will be presented to the government in November to guide the creation of a framework for legal cannabis.
Who might be the major players and what will this new marketplace look like?
Germany joins a growing list of countries who have legalized medical cannabis or are moving to do so.
During the first global review of drug policies in nearly two decades, countries like Canada and Mexico made major announcements about cannabis.
The UN special session will be the first global meeting about drugs in nearly two decades.
The government has six months to revise medical cannabis legislation passed in 2013.
Passage was relatively swift after the legislation was introduced to Parliament on February 10.
The legislation is being described as the "missing piece" for patients to access medical cannabis.
A handful of children in New South Wales, Australia, will soon have access to GW Pharmaceuticals' high-CBD Epidiolex.
Mexico's president says he opposes legalization, but supports the debates.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will sign an executive decree to allow cannabis cultivation for medical use.
Mexico's courts this year have ruled in favor of access for a medical cannabis patient and four non-medical consumers.
He also said that revenues should go toward education, addiction treatment and mental health support.
A Mexican senator and the mayor of Mexico City are each pushing for access to medical cannabis products.
Following a November Mexican Supreme Court ruling, four permits have been issued to grow and consume cannabis.
Cannabis comes off Chile's "hard" drugs list, and Uruguay prepares for cannabis sales.
Canada will likely be the first country to follow Uruguay and legalize and regulate cannabis for recreational use.
The ruling could have broad implications for future cannabis policy in the country.
There is also a push at the federal level to allow for cultivation of medical cannabis for research and for use by qualifying patients.
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