Regulating cannabis in accordance with international law Side event during the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

As a growing number of countries move towards legal regulation for non-medical cannabis, governments are pushing the boundaries of the three UN drug control treaties. At the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), TNI co-organised a side event to explore the issue, addressing the various challenges and opportunities involved.

The 61st session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs took place in Vienna (Austria) between 12th March and 16th March 2018. This year, TNI co-organised another side event to address the rising tension between the UN drug control conventions and shifts in policy towards non-medical cannabis, exploring a number of options of treaty reform which can be pursued by reform-minded countries like Canada and the United States.

In the context of the event, a comprehensive Policy Report was published: Balancing Treaty Stability and Change: Inter-se modification of the UN drug control conventions to facilitate cannabis regulation


  • Dave Bewley-Taylor, Swansea University, U.K.
  • Martin Jelsma, Transnational Institute, Netherlands
  • Annette Henry, Cannabis Licensing Authority, Jamaica
  • Allyn Taylor, University of Washington School of Law, U.S.
  • John Walsh (Moderator), Washington Office on Latin America, U.S.


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