International Treaties v. Cannabis Re-Legalization

Here’s a bit more on what needs to happen — internationally — to bring about the re-legalization of cannabis worldwide.   Legal cannabis worldwide = nice thought, yes?


In the past month alone, three industry analysts have published bold predictions for the value of the marijuana industry, with widespread predictions ranging from $21 billion to $44 billion by 2020. They all have one common caveat: The federal government would first need to legalize marijuana. Even now, the exponential economic growth in states where marijuana is sold legally is substantial and compounding as more and more states begin doing business.

We need to stop spending billions of dollars a year fighting the marijuana war. Legalization would not only eliminate needless government spending but add billions in tax revenue to government coffers and add thousands of jobs from farming to retail sales.

To realize that dream fully there are several obstacles for the industry to overcome amid the political banter including reclassification, state’s rights, and decriminalization. Currently, there are three treaties that may be a more important first step to address at the federal level: The United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961), the Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971), and the Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (1988).

These treaties, which the United States, Canada, Mexico, and most of Europe have signed, requires these countries to establish criminal offenses for the production, cultivation, extraction, possession, and sale of marijuana. The required criminal offences carry with them harsh penalties that often lead to the imprisonment of individuals or groups that violate the terms of the treaties.

If the UN addresses marijuana legislation in these terms, this may be the very lynch pin in the United States for reclassification of marijuana, removing it from its current status as a schedule one drug like heroin and LSD. In 1988, the UN held discussions on this topic that resulted in no significant changes. However, many things have changed since 1988, particularly in terms of marijuana, and not just in the United States; Canada, Portugal and Uruguay have all made history (and headlines) with legislative changes on a national level, all in violation of the U.N. Treaties.

This entire post is worth a read — to do so, GO HERE.

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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