Are UN Drug Rules Out of Date?


It’s been almost 60 years since the United Nations’ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was drafted. And a lot has changed in the last six decades. Now, as reported by The GrowthOp, Cornelis de Joncheere, head of the UN’s narcotics enforcement agency, is questioning if the UN’s drug rules should be reviewed. De Joncheere made his comments at the International Narcotics Control Board’s 2019 Annual Report presentation.

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De Joncheere is quoted in the article as saying, “We have some fundamental issues around the conventions that state parties will need to start looking at. We have to recognize that the conventions were drawn up 50 and 60 years ago.” De Joncheere acknowledged that the world is changing, particularly in regard to cannabis laws. Because of this, he said that, contrary to current drug control treaties, he has moved to permit the use of cannabis for non-medical use.


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