Iran criticizes new UN CND's resolution

Vienna (IP) - Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to international organizations based in Vienna has criticized a new United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decision to remove cannabis and its derivatives (cannabis and marijuana) from the list of highly dangerous substances.

Iran PressEurope: Cannabis and its derivatives have the highest number of addicts with about 192 million users worldwide, said Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to International Organizations based in Vienna, at a meeting of the UN Drug Commission.

He added that the decision to remove these substances from Table 4 of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs (very dangerous substances for medical use) could send the wrong message that cannabis and its derivatives are not dangerous to human health.

Gharibabadi called on the Office against Crime and Narcotics, the International Narcotics Control Board, and the World Health Organization to continuously monitor the consequences of removing these substances from Table 4, and provide member states with a report on the impacts and consequences of its implementation on public health worldwide.

Gharibabadi added: "In accordance with its domestic laws and Article 39 of the 1961 Drug Convention, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues national and strict control measures in the field of illegal use and production of cannabis and related substances, with the aim of protecting public health and welfare."

Under Article 39 of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, states are permitted to exercise regulatory and control measures beyond what is provided for in this convention.


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