The United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime has held its annual meeting which brought to a conclusion that the legality of marijuana is getting into question around the world and thus needs more research and further regulation.
This report ultimately calls for more stringent scientific standards for medical cannabis and a “wait and see” approach to decriminalization in the United States and Uruguay, which might not be as bad as it sounds. In simple words, if the weed experiment goes well as planned in the US and hopefully soon Canada, recreational marijuana might become a thing in more than a couple countries around Europe as well.
One of the conclusions, according to UNODC, is that “it would be beneficial to the countries concerned, and to the international community in general if jurisdictions and countries adopting new regulations were to establish systems to regularly monitor their impact across all areas of public health and criminal justice.”
The report shows that, once again, marijuana is the most widely used drug on the planet — about 183 million people used cannabis in 2015 and roughly 7,300 tons of cannabis were seized around the world in that year alone.
One of the key findings in the section covering criminal markets is the role technological advances in communication have played in creating “relatively low-risk drug markets.” Cell phones, the internet and other types digital communication, have offered new trafficking and smuggling routes and ease of access to the users far greater than any other.
It is left to be seen how will Canada fight their own smugglers and traffickers, but if it is to judge by the results of several states in the US, cannabis legalization seems to lower down the rate of cannabis-related crimes in general.