UN "cannabis as harmful as cocaine and heroin"
New strains of highly potent cannabis are as dangerous as heroin and cocaine and the drug can no longer be dismissed as "soft and relatively harmless", the United Nations said yesterday.
In an implied criticism of Britain's decision to downgrade cannabis, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said that countries got the "drug problem they deserved" if they maintained inadequate policies.
His comments indicated deep unhappiness with the Government's decision to reclassify cannabis from a Class B drug to Class C. Heroin and cocaine are Class A substances, attracting the toughest penalties for possession and trafficking.
Executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, said countries got the "drug problem they deserved" if they maintained inadequate policies.
How is it we allow the UN to dictate drug policy to the rest of the world especially when they come out with comments like this?
:chin:Mr Costa said: "After so many years of drug control experience, we now know that a coherent, long-term strategy can reduce drug supply, demand and trafficking.