The International Narcotics Control Board that oversees the UN conventions against drugs believes that it would be a historical mistake to legalize cannabis.
Governments that water down the laws against cannabis are undermining UN efforts to fight illicit drugs.
The 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs binds Australian governments to fight illicit traffiking in cannabis.
The Board believes that efforts to control the world drug problem will FAIL unless governments implement the treaties in full.
Legislation to decriminalize cannabis cultivation or possession of small quantities for personal use would contravene international conventions.
The Board believes that the likely increase of cannabis use following any liberalization of laws would lead to more harm to individuals.
Cannabis use is very dangerous and leads to more mental illness, cancer, suicides, schizophrenia, psychosis, reduced immunity, genetic abnormalities and accidents.
Governments have a duty to REDUCE cannabis use and availability.
Cannabis must never be legalised or normalised or tolerated.