In April, the leadership of all 193 UN member nations will gather in New York City for a UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS 2016.
This UN meeting can and probably will set a new policy direction for the global cannabis marketplace. The results of the assembly will determine whether black markets will persist for marijuana or whether the world’s marketplace for cannabis will be a legal one. Other drugs will also be part of the overall discourse, not just cannabis.
UNGASS, in my opinion, must create a framework that facilitates the creation and expansion of white markets, with necessary supports including trade and commercial freedoms.
The UNGASS assembly has an opportunity to right a historic wrong. Countless lives have been damaged or lost because of cannabis prohibition, and injustices persist today. Cannabis has not been able to fulfill its promise from a medical, industrial…