From Canada to the UN: in response to international skepticism, the choice of legalization is supported
Canadian government gave official position on legalization to the United Nations, a year and a half after the opening of a legal and regulated cannabis market. According to the document, the black cannabis market recorded losses of 30% and the percentage of cannabis consumption has not increased among young people.
In response to the United Nations Commission on Drugs, the Canadian government supports the decision to legalize cannabis, detailing some of its results: harm to criminal organizations and no increase in youth cannabis use.
Canada is the largest country in the world to have legalized and the only G7 country to have industrialized this plant. Like Uruguay, which did so in 2018, Canada was also criticized for this decision by conservative international organizations, including the United Nations.
“The illegal market has already lost 30% of its profits and so far, there has been no corresponding increase in the overall size of the market, ”said Michelle Boudreau, Director General of the Canadian Ministry of Drug Control. "It means almost $ 2 billion that has not reached criminal organizations."
Ms. Boudreau has also spoke of the biggest fear of opponents of legalization: an increase in the consumption of cannabis among young people. According to her, "the preliminary data show that the percentage of cannabis use has not changed among young people". In addition, smuggling abroad has not increased.
To date, the official position of the United Nations Commission on Drugs (INCB) on the states that have legalized it is still “not only contrary to the United Nations Convention approved by the UN, but also raises public health problems, in particular among young people”.
However, two weeks ago, there was a sign of a possible change in the direction of INCB, the chair of the committee presenting the annual drug report indicating that the international drug treaties were signed decades ago. needed to be changed in light of change in cannabis in many countries.