UN Drug Report Calls for Research and Regulation on Cannabis

Even in prison, 16% of respondents globally reported using drugs in the month and cannabis by far is the top substance.

The United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime recently released its annual global report — it had plenty to say about every kind of cannabis market, illicit or regulated. But ultimately, it calls for more stringent scientific standards for medical cannabis and a “wait and see” approach to decriminalization in the United States and Uruguay.

The annual UNODC World Drug Report offers a statistical snapshot of the global drug market: According to the most recent one, an estimated quarter of a billion people — around 5 percent of the global adult population — used drugs at least once in 2015, and about one in 10 of those folks suffered adverse effects from that use.

Cannabis is the most widely used drug on the planet

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