Last updated on: 10/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

United Nations (UN) Biography

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

“The [Narcotics Control] Board was concerned because various jurisdictions and states in the United States had declared that marijuana was a kind of medicine, but there was no scientific basis for that. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. Marijuana was the ‘gateway drug’. The Board was concerned, therefore, that guards were being let down on the part of Governments and other jurisdictions on marijuana, because it had been postulated that the drug was helpful — which it was not.”

“Press Conference on Narcotics Control Board Report,” United Nations website, Feb. 28, 2006

[Editor’s Note: The “Con” statement above reflects the most current position we could find as of Oct. 22, 2009. We searched for a more recent statement on Oct. 13 and 22, 2009. We sent an email to the United Nations on Sep. 23, 2009, and as of Oct. 22, 2009, we have not yet received a response.

The United Nations also expressed a “Con” view in this Jan. 19, 2002 statement from UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention spokesman Kemal Kurspahic:

“While using marijuana for medical purposes could not be excluded, the scientific research in several countries so far has not produced conclusive evidence of medical usefulness of marijuana. As long as there is no scientific evidence approved, for example, by the World Health Organization, marijuana remains listed among strictly controlled substances as stated in the convention.”]

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Description:

“The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.”

“The United Nations at a Glance,” UN website (accessed Oct. 14, 2009)

Mission:

“We the Peoples of the United Nations Determined

  • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
  • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.”

“Charter of the United Nations,” UN website (accessed Oct. 14, 2009)

Other:
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