The IHO as actor: the case of cannabis and the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

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After the Second World War the United Nations (UN) assumed the role of the League of Nations in formulating and operating the international regulatory framework for narcotic drugs. It gathered masses of information from across countries and continents while acting as both a forum and an agent for the emergence of agreed approaches to a heterodox array of substances. This article will examine the story of the inclusion of cannabis in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. It will argue that in the years after 1945, it was officials at the UN and the WHO that played crucial roles in shaping opinions of the drug and in securing its place in the Convention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-115
Number of pages21
JournalHygiea Internationalis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016


  • cannabis
  • narcotic drugs
  • world health organization
  • united nations

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