United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC; French: Office des Nations unies contre la drogue et le crime) is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.
Readdressing the Global State of Marijuana: Rising Concerns and Controversies
Marijuana has perhaps witnessed the majority of human civilization, its existence dates back to 500 BC. Throughout centuries, Cannabis consumption has been gaining worldwide attention for its effects towards humans. According to the World Drug Report 2021 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in 2019, the amount of illicit cannabis seized sums up to 3,779 tonnes with more than 200 million active users; and despite the rise of cannabis potency, fewer younger people perceive it as harmful.
Countries around the world are also divided in stances, some fully ban marijuana, others allow marijuana for medical use, and few legalize its recreational purposes. Aside from it, the illicit trafficking of cannabis also threatens international security. Hence, delegates of UNODC are challenged to overcome the differences of each country and come up with an amicable solution in responding to the rising concerns and controversies of marijuana.