The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned Thursday about the dangers of the ongoing recreational cannabis legalization trend during the presentation of its 2022 Annual Report.

The board highlighted that the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs classified marijuana as very addictive and liable to abuse and that any non-medical use of cannabis contravenes the Convention. The INCB is the independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions.

The report states that the legalization trend leads to an increase in the number of users, negative health consequences and psychotic disorders. Other cannabis-related issues pointed out in the document include concerns about marijuana advertising that often targets young people, by minimizing the …

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