Recreational Marijuana Use Violates International Law, UN Body Says

The recreational use of marijuana is a violation of international law, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned the United States this week.

Raymond Yans, president of the INCB, spoke about new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the recreational use of marijuana, at the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. He noted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in December that, regardless of any changes in state law, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Yan called this “good, but insufficient,” Reuters reports.

He added the United States has an obligation to ensure the implementation of international drug control treaties throughout the country. Recreational marijuana use violates the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, Yan said.

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    March 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Typical Doug, the user, reply.
    ” Take care of all the other problems of the world and make the world perfect before you even dare touch anything to do with marijuana use”

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    March 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Maybe that 50-year-old SCND document needs updating. Legalizing pot solves way more probelms than it creates, and the war on drugs is a total failure unless you are a terrorist, government official, politician, drug dealer or part of the prison industrial complex. The other 98% of us are collateral damage. The UN could try to work on Syria, North Korea, Iran, drones, violence against women and children, lack of access to educaiton and healthcare, and the obscene accumulation of wealth by the 1% at the expense of 99% of the human beings (and others) on our little green and blue ball. Quit picking on hippies and get a real job!

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