Commentary on the 1971 UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances

Article. 2 – Scope of Control Substances General Comments

3. (…) In whatever action it wishes to take the Commission must, however, take into account the findings and recommendations of the World Health Organization, and must consider that Organization’s assessments to be determinative as to medical and scientific matters;

  • Access to controlled medicines

Commentary on article 22, Penal provisions

4. Parties may substitute measures of treatment for conviction or punishment…

7. The measures of treatment substituted for conviction or punishment may also include civil commitment to an institution of treatment.

  • Flexibilities in the UN drug conventions
  • Alternatives to punishment

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