The World Drug Report will be launched during a Special Event of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, chaired by Ambassador Mirghani Abbaker Altayeb Bakhet, Chair of the 62nd session of the CND.
The issue of the medical use of cannabis is one in which the Board has failed to match the progress it has made in certain other areas, such as the death penalty. Its position on the therapeutic applications of cannabis remains as it was at the close of the UNGASS decade; indeed, if anything, it…
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As part of its recently concluded 125th Session in May 2019, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) invited civil society to a special ‘hearing’ on the topic of young people and drugs – which will be the thematic focus for the Board’s 2019 Annual Report.
The INCB's participation at CND showed how far the Board has come in terms of supporting human rights norms in the pursuit of drug control obligations, but the Board's outdated inflexibility on cannabis is regrettable.