Last updated on: 12/21/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Although it is often seen as a less harmful drug, cannabis use poses several health risks. Even when used only once, cannabis may lead to panic attacks, paranoia, psychotic symptoms and other negative acute effects. The drug may also precipitate psychosis in vulnerable individuals and intensify symptoms in diagnosed schizophrenics. As it is mostly smoked and contain high levels of tar, cannabis additionally puts users at an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.”

“Why Should We Care about Cannabis?,” UNODC.org, Apr. 25, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.”

“About,” UNODC.org (accesed Dec. 21, 2011)

Mission:

UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.

“About,” UNODC.org (accesed Dec. 21, 2011)

Other:
International organization