Cannabis and the Conventions: Aftermath of UNGASS

The UNGASS 2016 Outcome Document asserted that the United Nations drug conventions “allow for sufficient flexibility for States parties to design and implement national drug policies according to their priorities and needs.” But does such flexibility extend to reforms now being enacted or contemplated in numerous jurisdictions to create legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific”? In the meantime, the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence has announced that it will hold a meeting dedicated to a pre-review of cannabis.

This side event will consider the growing treaty tensions surrounding cannabis policy innovations underway in many countries, and will ask how Member States and the UN system might address these tensions in ways that reinforce the UN pillars of human rights, development, peace and security, and the rule of law.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Location: Conference Room M7, Vienna International Center (Vienna, Austria)

Cannabis and the Conventions: Aftermath of UNGASS

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