Draft law in Uruguay would make cannabis legal

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Marijuana plants. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

A draft law in Uruguay, if adopted, would permit the sale of cannabis herb for non-medical use.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is concerned that such a law would go against the provisions of international drug control treaties, in particular the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, to which Uruguay is a party.

The INCB has always tried to maintain a dialogue with the Government of Uruguay on this issue. It even proposed a mission to the country at the highest-level.

However, to the Board's regret, the Government of Uruguay refused to receive an INCB mission before the draft law was submitted to Parliament for deliberation.

INCB urges the Uruguayan authorities to ensure that the country remains fully compliant with international law which limits the use of narcotic drugs, including cannabis, exclusively to medical and scientific purposes.

It says the draft legislation, if adopted, might have serious consequences for the health and welfare of the population and for the prevention of cannabis abuse among young people.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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