Marijuana: United Nations board says Colorado pot law violates international treaties

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As we reported earlier today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn't choose his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to share the Justice Department response to marijuana laws in Colorado that contradict federal policy.

The measures contradict international treaties, too, as a new report from an agency affiliated with the United Nations points out. Read it and get more details about Holder's testimony below.

The agency in question is the International Narcotics Control Board, which on Tuesday released its annual report. The document says Amendment 64, which allows Colorado adults age 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, poses a "significant challenge" to existing international drug law.

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Members of the International Narcotics Control Board.
In the report, the board points to a 1961 treaty that says governments must "take such legislative and administrative measures as may be necessary" to prevent illegal drug trafficking and use.

"The Board notes with serious concern the ongoing move towards the legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes in some parts of the United States and, in particular, the outcomes of recent ballot initiatives that took place in the states of Colorado and Washington in November 2012," the report warns. "The Board stresses the importance of universal implementation of the international drug control treaties by all States parties and urges the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territories."

This same point was made by eight former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who wrote a letter to ranking Senate Judiciary Committee members Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley asking that they put Holder on the spot about the Justice Department's actions -- or, in their view, inactions -- related to pot laws in Colorado and Washington. One of the questions they suggested the senators pose was, "What is being done to honor our international drug control treaty obligations, which require the United States as a nation to enforce the law prohibiting the distribution, sale and cultivation of marijuana?"

Here's an excerpt from the letter:

Keeping marijuana illegal is a treaty obligation under the 1961 International Convention on Narcotic Drugs and supported by the two other Conventions: the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Drugs and the 1988 Anti-Trafficking Convention. The United States was a prime mover of these multilateral treaties and largely responsible for signature ratification by virtually every other country in the world. The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has already protested the initiatives in Colorado and Washington.

The treaty conflict has not gone unnoticed by Mexico and other Latin American leaders. Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon, declared that the United States has "no moral authority" to insist that other countries enforce drug laws if two states in our nation legalize marijuana.

Continue for more about today's marijuana developments.

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windycity
windycity

...we will NOT be shackled by third world countries telling us how we should live our lives...UN out of US, US out of UN never meant so much as it does NOW. YOU follow, WE lead!...

mike1937
mike1937

How about telling them & the UN to go F..K themselves!

bobdobbolina
bobdobbolina

How about just fencing in Colorado & Washington, and create a 'prison state'? 

How else are they gonna 'RE-ILLEGALIZE'  Cannabis Hemp?

kdale766
kdale766

I don't think I ever saw a bigger bunch of criminal douche bags. U.N.Relevant, hell they can't pay their RENT.

Mozart99
Mozart99

They'll have to take my joint out of my cold, dead fingers. Just kidding. Haven't partaken in years.

Mozart99
Mozart99

Please, someone, tell me. Since when we have cared about the U.N. and treaty obligations?

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

The UN can suck it. And when they're done, they can suck it again. Who the flip do they think they are? The US is a sovereign nation, and the 10th Amendment clearly reserves all Rights and powers not alloted by the US Constitution to the People via the State. There is no Constitutional amendment outlawing Cannabis, therefore it is the prerogative of the People to allow it (which in CO and WA they have). When, exactly, did the UN and their agenda override the Constitution?

Kelle Hardin
Kelle Hardin

they are going to just KEEP ON TRYING to find a way to fuck it all up!!!! Bunch of f'n PURITANS......as if they NEVER changed policies before...... for their benefit!!!!!! Why would they want to lose all of that flagrant $$$$$$$$ for THE WAR ON DRUGS??????? Bunch of bullshit if you ask my opinion..... Nobody asked ,but I'm giving it anyway!!!!

Jeremiah Zentz
Jeremiah Zentz

naw, we like the world to follow our orders but tend to ignore it when it comes to our own actions, Amurica!

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

i dont see em knockin on amsterdams door.i didnt sighn no treaty with anybody.you white haired old farts do EXACTLY what you want when and where you want with money that came from US the people. you people werent even born here and i dought have even stepped foot over here so go fuck your selves,go stop iran from nuclear capabilities,syria from genocide and leave me alone,if i want to smoke a bowl for whatever reason I choose I willDONT TREAD ON ME

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

I dont give a fuck what the united nations think.. stay outta our fucking business!!

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

and it's taken them 5 months to say something! Just because our spineless president won't legalize it and let us Americans enjoy the benefits of a new market

Davis Bailey
Davis Bailey

If they do I hope our politicians are ready and willing to fight for our state's right to make it's own laws and our voter's right to decide those laws, otherwise what is the point of even voting? Can't do anything at the national level due to the electoral college, the state level is really all we have.

Ginamarie Bloomquist
Ginamarie Bloomquist

I don't recall Colorado law allowing people to transport marijuana outside the state.

mjclaxden
mjclaxden

The primary issue, as I understand the law as a lay person, is that Reid v Covert would dictate here.  That essentially says that the US Constitution is supreme generally, and, specifically to this case, when in conflict with treaties.  

If that (or something similar to speak to the supremacy of the US Constitution is the dictating legislation) was not mentioned by the DEA folks...shame on them.  They take (took) an oath to defend the Constitution.


However, for all of the 420 crowd...how IRONIC!!!!  People of your ilk (while I support A64 as  a Libertarian, I don't subscribe to most of your "Occupy Anything but a Job" mentality) push for uncontsitutional things in other aspects of your lives, then run to it when it suits you.  That was the purpose of the Constitution: To provide majority rule, with substantial minority (electoral minority) rights. 

The net-net of this is: The US Constitution (10th Amendment) should be respected.  Treaties are secondary to that. 


Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

We go around the UN all the time when its convenient for the political agenda.... War Crimes are against the UN but didn't stop us from taking out Gadafi..

Ron Burns
Ron Burns

Nice point, Edward! But Obummer kisses the U.N.'s ass, so maybe there will be trouble!

Ed Buck
Ed Buck

Pretty sure the invasion of Iraq was illegal according to the UN, don't recall the feds being overly concerned.

11er
11er

I was wondering when this was going to come up...Looks like the feds will have to LEGALIZE soon...

hopebme
hopebme

So big Pharma has now purchased the U.N.?


dee_3311
dee_3311

To uphold U.N. treaties the United States government contravenes Articles 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 17, and 26 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I have not been treated “as a person before the law.” I have been denied equal protection of the law by “national tribunals for acts violating my fundamental rights granted by the Constitution” of the United States. I have never received “full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of my rights and obligations.”

www,ursm.us

dee_3311
dee_3311

To uphold the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, is not a compelling state interest for the federal government to deprive person’s of their fundamental rights to liberty, to property and to privacy when the use of police power is not protecting the rights of others, public safety. To uphold this U.N. treaty the United States government, by criminalizing marijuana, is in contravention of Amendments IV and V of the United States Constitution. www.ursm.us

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The next time the UN is relevant will be the first time.

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

Ofcourse they are going to say that they need OUR money those countries rely on the drug income if it goes LEGAL we wont need them

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

And I'm starting to doubt the United States' jurisdiction in Colorado.

Pamela Millard Priest
Pamela Millard Priest

the US Govt had plenty of time to look into this before any states actually legalized pot. Now our tax dollars are going to be wasted when they choose to take control of the state laws regarding this issue.

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

United Nations has no jurisdiction within the states.

mike1937
mike1937

@Ginamarie Bloomquist Ya because nobody ever crosses state lines with weed.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@hopebme That'd be quite a transaction. Thanks for the post, hopebme.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dee_3311 ... there is no fundamental right to possess illegal drugs.

dee_3311
dee_3311

@Ian StClair

The federal government does not have the authority to interfere with the intrastate commerce of marijuana. There is a lack of a compelling state interest, protecting the rights of others, that shows the proscription of this property is necessary and reasonable. To use police power to invade privacy and deprive persons their liberty and property for violating the marijuana laws contravenes Amendments IV and V of the United States Constitution.

For the same reasons, Congress does not have the authority to prohibit the interstate commerce of marijuana.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ian StClair  ... ask Chris Bartkowicz if he shares those same doubts ...

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Brad Aerts Succinctly put, Brad. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Pamela Millard Priest ... you should have thought of that before YOU voted to VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW.

dee_3311
dee_3311

@DonkeyHotay @dee_3311

That is what NORL claims. 

donkeydick
donkeydick

@DonkeyHotay @michael.roberts @dee_3311 No "completely irrelevant" are the trash comments you post. You must be the most ignorant person in our state with the smallest balls hiding behind your computer in mommy's basement making comments you would never say in public.

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