UN The results of the UN convention make it clear that, with regards to international laws regarding cannabis, the United Nations commission on Drugs and Crime is way behind despite a world-wide shift forwards.
The United Nations’ drug conventions were recently discussed in Vienna by the United Nations Commission on Drugs and Crime. Check out this report by Cannabis News Network.
The results of this convention make it clear that, with regards to international laws regarding cannabis, the United Nations Commission on Drugs and Crime is way behind despite a world-wide shift forwards.
This was made clear before the meeting even took place, when the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) issued a warning to certain member states, namely Uruguay, Portugal and the United States in which four states have already regulated the recreational use of cannabis. However, the policies towards the medicinal use of cannabis are going to be more lenient, if the applications are evidence-based and in cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry.
Other UN agencies and officials, including the World Health Organization, UNDP, UNAIDS and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan seem more in tune with reality.
They openly criticized the conservative, cemented UNODC for its effort to maintain its prohibitive stance on drug use, stating that Prohibition has proven itself to be infinitely more harmful than drug-use itself. UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon has himself said: “I urge Member States to use these opportunities (UNGASS 2016) to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.”
This year’s meeting was set to be a warming up for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in New York City next April 2016. But there is doubt as to any constructive changes. The annual meeting held in Vienna was a meeting ground for hardliners who are aiming to continue the war on drugs. The term “harm reduction” has been the key word of the event but has clearly had very different interpretations depending on the party involved.