The international health challenges of recreational cannabis

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The International Narcotics Control Board released its latest annual report which details the risks and benefits of the medical and scientific use of cannabis and cannabinoids.

With several US states and countries around the world having legalized marijuana for recreational use in recent years, the report also looks in detail at the impact of that move, saying it can result in diversion to non-medical use and adversely affect public health.

“Legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes, as seen in a small number of countries, represents not only a challenge to the universal implementation of the treaties and the signatories to the treaties, but also a significant challenge to health and wellbeing, particularly among young people” said INCB President Viroj Sumyai.

The INCB remains committed to constructive dialogue with governments of countries where recreational cannabis has been legalized.

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