The organization's anti-narcotics chief said recent votes to legalize marijuana violate the international conventions that guide global drug policy.
In Afghanistan, where poverty and unemployment is endemic, poppy cultivation provides work for nearly 200,000 families — and has produced a dramatic rise in substance abuse.
Iraq's deteriorating security situation and rampant corruption has led to a sharp rise in drug use, including heroin and crystal meth.
Southeast Asian countries have taken interdiction further than most, consistently executing people for non-violent drug crimes.
The Pope's remarks risk stigmatizing practical solutions that treat drug abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal one.
“The simple use or consumption of any illicit drug by an individual should not be considered a crime,” the commission said in its report.
This month's meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was supposed to be an important event in the war on drugs, but instead it was yet another gathering of prohibitionists trotting out the same old platitudes
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