Cannabis Side event at the 56th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna on the 12th March 2013
San Patrignano in cooperation with the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD), European Federation Against Drugs ( EURAD) and European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD) organized a joint side event to the 56th Session of CND promoting discussion on the scientific evidence about the effects of cannabis on developing brain.
The panel discussion titled How cannabis can negatively effect young people: a discussion of the scientific evidence, moderated by Elisa Rubini- San Patrignano featured prominent international experts in the field of drug research and drug policy, providing scientific insights and food for thoughts on the correlation between cannabis use and mental health disorders and schizophrenia.
The event gathering an important success in terms of participation and high level of interest demonstrated by Member State delegates, civil society representatives and UNODC staff.
For those who would like to know more about the scientific results discussed in the framework of the side event, the presentations are available here following:
Prof. Sir Robin Murray, Prof. of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings’ College London, UK presented Cannabis and Mental Health (link alla presentazione) a study of the effect of cannabis on cognition and links to psychosis and schizophrenia.
Prof. Daniela Parolaro, Chair of Pharmacology at the Insubria University and Coordinator of the Drug Dependence Group of the Italian Society of Pharmacology, shared some results of the work of her research team on Risk of Psychiatric diseases following cannabis use in Adolescence: an experimental study (link alla presentazione).
Prof. Kevin B. Sabet, Former senior Advisor for Drug Policy at the White House , Professor and Coordinator of the Drug Policy Institute of Florida, USA, provided an overview on current cannabis legislation and raised some questions on future scenarios, highlighting also some responses and the new born SAM (Smart Approaches to marijuana) project in Cannabis Policy in the US: What now?