To be fair, now that they made the CITES, it cannot be undone, at any time or any cost.
Many not-too-educated people, or 'differently educated' people have a behavior way different from any expectation.
Let's say orchids are removed from the CITES. Some bozos in Europe, USA, and Australia will sell and buy plants happily, nothing really changed, that's it, but easier, smoother...
In Asia... well, they will collected much, much more, because if it has been prohibited it will be again, and will try to make stocks way beyond anything one could imagine. Of course too, it is not cocain or jewels, you cannot store wild life like that, but that's something they do not understand, not even in Malaysia, Thailand... and the losses if orchids can be freely traded would be a thousandfold higher.
I still remember that very angry collector, he showed me 50kg of heleneae ( same as the pictures from Cliokchi some months ago...), that were in the box for about two months, All leaves dry, so some were still dry green. He was very angry after me because I was foreigner, did not want to buy any, and told him the plants were dead. He told me 'but there is 50kg'.
If free trade was to be allowed again, extinction would occur very quickly, with massive batches from Vietnam to Taiwan, Indonesia to Japan, etc... to end up dead in nurseries after some weeks. People would store whilst still legal until it is banned again, hoping for the big bucks. When paphs were placed on App I, some WWF technical advisor actually warned his customers ( it was confidential in the early days), and sent the hell out of Asia to them. Needless to say that those massive quantites could not be cared of, and died after some months.
When they started the CITES, they did not think about the fact that they 'priced' everything on their lists. As a matter of fact, any change or move forward is a permanent one, that cannot be undone anytime.