The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which is an institution within the UN, has submitted a yearly report on cannabis and other drugs, in which it emphasizes prevention and treatment yet again.
Among the most interesting things which this board found is that the largest producer of legal cannabis in the world is the United Kingdom.
This report comes from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which gathers data from all governments that are part of the UN.
Believe it or not, the UK has exported over 2,100 kilograms of cannabis in 2016, and produced over 95 tons of legal cannabis in the same year, which accounted for nearly 45% of all the legal cannabis produced in the world.
The runner-up was Canada, which produced 80.7 tons, which will not be nearly enough when the recreational cannabis legalization sets down in Canada this summer.
However, we do know that many new producers have been licensed for sales and production in Canada last year, and it is no secret that many already licensed producers expanded their production capacities by a lot.
As previously said, the UK is responsible for exporting around 2.1 tons of cannabis, which makes it also the biggest exporter in the world holding 67.7% of the world total.
The Netherlands came second in this category, grabbing 16.4% of the world’s market.
Opioid crisis is the main concern
It is beyond doubt that the opioid crisis has been on the decline when compared to the numbers from a couple of years ago.
But, the numbers are still ridiculously high, even when compared to statistics from 10 or 20 years ago.
The opioid crisis has been a growing concern for nearly 20 years, even though it may not have been in the public eye for as long.
The INCB suggested treatment and prevention measures largely due to this crisis in particular, however they are not limited only to the opioid crisis.
Even if the United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tells you otherwise, don’t believe him.
Seeing how the government officials in the US recently started a new crackdown on companies which irresponsibly over-prescribe opioids, many users have moved on to illegal drugs with similar effects such as heroin and fentanyl.
Seeing how medical cannabis has shown to be a more than a solid replacement in multiple cases of opioid treatments, it is expected that this UN board will soon recommend more weed-inclined steps for governments around the world.