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Lobbying in UN for legal cannabis

Publicerat tisdag 10 maj 2016 kl 20.50
Different views about if legalizing drugs is best way to curb public health problem with narcotics
(1:42 min)
Colombia's Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria would have preferred that the new UN Declaration at the UNGASS meeting in New York opened up for legalization of marijuana.
Colombia's Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria would have preferred that the new UN Declaration at the UNGASS meeting in New York opened up for legalization of marijuana. Foto: Photo: Johan Bergendorff / Swedish Radio and TT

Countries that want to legalize cannabis did not get their demands in the new UN Declaration on Drugs, adopted at a meeting in New York. Now they are aiming at the next UN meeting in three years.

Next year cannabis will probably be legal to buy and sell in Canada, the Canadian UN envoy revealed. Although the drug is present in a UN convention of prohibited substances that the country signed

State-controlled sales for cannabis, in the same way as with tobacco and alcohol, can protect young people from harm and stop profits to criminals, Canada claims.

Though most countries do not share that view. Their counter argument is that a legalization risks to lead to more people start smoking marijuana, which has harmful effects on the brain, among other things.

- I think that the Swedish experience very well demonstrates that it is possible to conduct a good drug policies that protect people, without of legalizing in this case cannabis, says Sweden's Minister of Health Mr. Gabriel Wikström.

Colombia was one of the Latin American countries that took the initiative for the UN meeting since the war on drugs over the past few decades, with a major focus on intervention by the military and police, has cost tens of thousands of lives, but not reduced drug use.

Colombia's Minister of Health, Mr. Alejandro Gaviria would have preferred that the new UN Declaration made marijuana legal. På sikt kanske också andra droger som kokain.And eventually perhaps also other drugs such as cocaine.

The struggle continues for the next UN meeting in three years together with like-minded countries in Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean, says the Colombian Minister of Health .


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