UN drugs board slams Canada cannabis legalization

The board said it would remain engaged with the Canadian government
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Viroj SumyaiAfter recreational marijuana became legal in Canada, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) slammed the decision in a statement calling the step incompatible with UN international drug treaties. "The legalization by Canada of cannabis for non-medical purposes is incompatible with the legal obligations incumbent on states parties under the international drug control framework," said the United Nations body that monitors governments' compliance with the three international drug control treaties. INCB President Viroj Sumyai also said the body is "deeply concerned about the public health impact of these policy choices on the health and welfare of Canadians, particularly youth." (See also: Russia warns Canada cannabis legalization will lead to increased trafficking)