The UN has called for a worldwide ban on cannabis advertising, causing confusion in countries that have a thriving legal industry.

Last month, the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs released its World Drug Report 2021, calling for a comprehensive ban on advertising, promoting or sponsoring cannabis to ensure that public health interests prevail over business interests.

The report argued a ban is necessary due to increasing potency and youths’ belief that cannabis is not harmful, claiming “cannabis use is associated with a variety of health and other harms.”

“Aggressive marketing of cannabis products with a high THC content by private firms and promotion through social media channels; can make the problem worse,” the UN officials wrote in…

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