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UN reports that cannabis use has increased due to legalization and blockade of COVID

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Legalized cannabisPlaces containing US statesseem to have increased normal use, but COVID lockdown has a similar effect, with depression and suicide. It increased the risk, a UN report said on Monday.

Cannabis has long been the most widely used drug in the world and its use is increasing, but the cannabis on the market has its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, UN drug. It is getting stronger in terms of the Department of Crimes (UNODC)) said in its annual World Drug Report.

Various US states have legalized non-medical use of cannabis, including Washington and Colorado in 2012. Uruguay was legalized in 2013, as was Canada in 2018. Other states have taken similar steps, but the report focuses on these three. Country.


Highland Cafe's first customer Rittipomng Bachkul holds up a piece of cannabis at the Highland Cafe on the first day of removing it from the narcotics list under Thai law in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 9, 2022. 

Highland Cafe's first customer RittipomngBachkul has cannabis on the first day of Highland Cafe. Removed from Thai law drug list in Bangkok, Thailand on June 9, 2022.  (REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha)

"The legalization of cannabis seems to have accelerated the increasing trend of reported daily drug use. ".The Vienna-based UNODC'sreport states.

The prevalence of cannabis use among teens has "not changed much", but "frequent use of high-efficiency products has been reported significantly among young adults. I'm doing it. "

"The proportion of people with mental disorders and suicide associated with regular cannabis use has increased."

According to the report, by 2020, it will be around 288,400. Everybody, or 5.6% of the world's population, used drugs such as heroine, cocaine, amphetamine, and ecstasy. This is the latest data available. Of these, 209 million used cannabis.

"The period of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in cannabis use in 2020," he said.

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Cocaine production , Breaking records in 2020Also, sea transport is on the rise, and 2021 seizure data suggests expansion from two major markets, North America and Europe, to Africa and Asia. I added.