Canada’s Plans to Legalize Marijuana Will Breach UN’s International Conventions

Canada’s Plans to Legalize Marijuana Will Breach UN’s International Conventions

If the legalization of marijuana is a deal breaker, then Canada may be creating a new international paradigm.

The strategy may be better described as “do your own thing.”

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The Canadian government’s plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation’s international drug-control conventions, states a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

“The federal government should immediately take proactive steps to seek a reservation to the marijuana provisions of these treaties and/or to initiate their renegotiation in light of its legalization plans,” writes Dr. Steven Hoffman and Ms. Roojin Habibi, both with the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. “If these diplomatic efforts fail, Canada must formally withdraw from these treaties to avoid undermining international law and compromising its global position.”

Three legally binding international treaties control or prohibit access to various drugs around the world, including marijuana.

In the United States, Colorado and Washington as well as Uruguay, have legalized marijuana and could violate current UN conventions.

The authors suggest that the most feasible option for Canada is to withdraw from these treaties. The federal government could then fulfill its campaign promise to legalize marijuana without violating international law.

“Formally withdrawing from outdated treaties like these is a country’s sovereign right. It may also be a moral duty if the government believes the conventions’ required policies are harmful,” state the authors.

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I believe this is an important step in making suitable changes to laws that should be retired. My guess is that this process, if taken on by the US too, will take a long time and end up doing to patients what Mr. Tarbuck is experiencing…a high cost of goods from a source that can so easily be low cost, easily managed and legally put forward. There has to be a big stack of bureaucracy for such a simple and important process. It’s the American way. Now that I’ve said that, I’m going to think positively and hope we can get over this silly hump.

Joshua L. Tarbuck

you should see what I can do with my consumption rate, considering I’m disabled. now Washington state takes the medical side away so I have to pay more money for the cannabis allowing me to function.