United Nations Says Marijuana Legalization Illegal

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  United Nations Says Marijuana Legalization Illegal

Posted by CN Staff on November 13, 2014 at 06:32:33 PT
By Reuters 
Source: Reuters 

Vienna -- Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week.Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.
"I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters.Asked whether there was anything the UNODC could do about it, Fedotov said he would raise the problem next week with the U.S. State Department and other U.N. agencies.The Oregon and Alaska steps would legalize recreational cannabis use and usher in a network of shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow marijuana use for fun.Marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, although the Obama administration has said it was giving individual states leeway to carry out their own recreational-use statutes.Fedotov suggested the U.S. developments may be part of a wider trend that he said the UNODC was following.On the international level, Uruguay's parliament in late 2013 approved a bill to legalize and regulate the production and sale of marijuana -- the first country to do so.The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has said Uruguay's new bill contravened the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which it says requires states to limit the use of cannabis to medical and scientific purposes, due to its dependence-producing potential. The Vienna-based INCB monitors compliance with this and two other drug control treaties.Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Crispian BalmerSource: Reuters (Wire)Published: November 12, 2014Copyright: 2014 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #8 posted by observer on November 13, 2014 at 13:43:57 PT

The law of the Medes and Persians
Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
Prohibitionists, police-staters, and totalitarians in general, like to make you think they are God, that their word is eternal law, and that they - like Fedotov, like any petty DEA bureaucrat or drug warrior - rule and reign for ever and ever. Naturally, once they - in their God-like manner, have decreed and proclaimed, then their word shall stand for eternity. You, peon, must bow and scrape before the God-like greatness of the UN, the DEA, any one who has a government-issued badge but most importantly: a government-sanctified gun pointed at your head. How dare the little people challenge the word of the great and mighty! Don't the rabble know that democracy applies to anything that doesn't matter? For things that do matter (war, jailing you for pot, cancerous police state growth, etc) the rabble must have no say at all. But give the rabble some B.S. bureaucratic run-around excuses why their vote is to be ignored. A "treaty" you see - that's why government police must eternally jail adults for cannabis. Or the Feds: the DEA's political appointee head says no. Or, I mean, the FDA. Yeah, that's it: the FDA says "medicine" must be patentable molecules, never plants like St. John's Wort. And, says the FDA, smoking, yes "smoking" is so very terrible, that imprisonment of the smokers is needed. Or the State. Your city may vote to stop pot arrests by the city police - whose salaries city taxes pay, sure - but city police would rather enforce the state or federal laws, if that is profitable to city police. See? Always some excuse why voting only counts when it endorses government stealing rights from people, never the reverse. But always some lying bureaucratic excuse (UN treaty, FDA, DEA - state law trumps city law; Fed law trumps state law; UN treaty trumps all law, etc. etc.). Summary: Nary a problem when people vote to give money/power to government; always a major big problem when people vote to get back traditional rights.
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on November 13, 2014 at 11:45:07 PT

Hope #4
I vote to chuck the treaty! Anybody else care to join the poll?Any signatory nation can withdraw from the treaty with a simple written announcement to the UN. If the U.S. withdraws, there will be a mad rush to join us!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on November 13, 2014 at 10:23:39 PT

An ancient treaty needs chunking or updating...
Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies
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Comment #3 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 13, 2014 at 09:56:22 PT

This is why you have a 2nd amendment right!
"I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters."The answer is simple: WE JUST CHANGED THE LAWS! WE ARE ALLOWED TO DO THAT IN THIS COUNTRY!When people elsewhere start telling you what YOUR laws are (or should be) keep your shooting iron handy.The ignoids will try to end-around this issue through "Trade Agreements", the next big threat to human liberty.WE NEED THE CANNABIS HEMP INDUSTRY FOR AMERICA'S SURVIVAL!CANNABIS HEMP WAS MADE ILLEGAL BECAUSE OF ITS USE AS A PETROLEUM SUBSTITUTE!FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on November 13, 2014 at 09:24:51 PT

the future is here
yes, nowadays you can recognize prohibitionists right away - they're the ones stomping their foot and yelling "illegal! illegal!" over and over againremember, we've ALWAYS had these people, from the 1600's on, there were religious zealots advocating for prohibition. The difference is that they were simply told "sit down and shut up" for the prior 300 years.

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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 13, 2014 at 06:53:20 PT

Usually, I don't hold in farts. But at select times, I do. It can give Me an upset stomach when I do.When I'm riding My bicycle, I especially look forward to farting or burping to help release gas so I don't get cramps. Poll on the streets of Colorado: Do You know who Yury Fedotov is?
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