Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”.

Concerns raised over ‘poorly regulated’ medical cannabis programmes: UN-backed narcotics control board

Concerned about legislative developments over the non-medical use of cannabis around the world, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that “poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes” could allow supplies to be diverted illegally for purely recreational use, harming not helping users. Professor Richard Mattick, a Board Member of the INCB, spoke to Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra, Australia, and said that the dangers associated with regular recreational use of cannabis were not properly understood.

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Recreational cannabis poses ‘significant’ health challenges to youth: drugs control body

The UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes could step-up the “recreational” use of the drug while diminishing public concern over its harmful effects.