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Russia is Concerned About the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

Russia, along with 46 other countries, expressed deep concern over the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes in a joint statement during the 67th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. They emphasized adherence to international drug control conventions, citing harmful effects on public health, safety, and human rights.




Russia and like-minded countries are concerned about the legalization of cannabis for “so-called recreational purposes,” according to a joint statement on behalf of 46 States signed at the high-level segment of the 67th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs from the ONU.

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Why is Russia concerned about the legalization

“We are deeply concerned about the legalization of cannabis for so-called recreational purposes,” reads the document, the text of which was published by Russia ‘s permanent mission to international organizations in Vienna.

According to the statement, these countries share the assessments of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) that the growing trend to allow the use of cannabis for purposes other than medical and scientific is contrary to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.

Likewise, it states that the legalization of cannabis represents an important challenge for the international community, the States parties to the anti-drug conventions, as well as for the application of said conventions.

“We emphasize the principle of respect for international treaties (pacta sunt servanda) and strongly urge all States that are parties to the relevant conventions to respect their legally binding provisions and ensure their full and effective implementation,” the statement added.

The document also points out the harmful effects of cannabis legalization on public health and safety, as well as the increasing risks of drug initiation and addiction among children and young people.

Russia and like-minded countries are concerned about the legalization of cannabis for “so-called recreational purposes,.” Source

Russia opposes to legalization

“The legalization of drug use for purposes other than medical and scientific research poses a threat to the promotion and protection of human rights,” the document states.

In the same sense, the authors share the INCB’s position that the three conventions, as special laws, clarify the way in which human rights are respected in the field of drug control.

In particular, it emphasizes “the right to life, the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and the right of the child to be protected against the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as provided in article 33 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

“The conventions reflect the view of the international community that the most effective way to promote human rights in the field of drug control is to limit the use of drugs to medical and scientific purposes,” the authors of the document noted.

The 67th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs began in Vienna on March 14th and will continue until March 22nd.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.