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Vienna Single Convention


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A United Nations Convention signed in 1961, which brought together a number of earlier treaties. The convention lays down obligations on signatories, which obliges them to take measures against production, trafficking, and possession of drugs. Calling it the ‘single’ convention was unfortunate because there have been two more since: the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention Against the Illicit Traffic of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Legalizing drugs would mean breaching these treaties.

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