Re-legalizing the cannabis plant will require doing away with the United Nations Single Convention Treaty. That treaty, signed back in 1961, is used as a shield by the federal government in explaining why drug policy can’t change. alls can fall — not everyone in the federal government agrees with that interpretation.
United States treaty obligations do not mandate the federal government to limit marijuana production to a single licensed facility, according to written statements provided by the State Department to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
The Department’s statements run counter to opinions expressed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which has long alleged that there can only be one federally licensed cultivator of marijuana for research purposes – the University of Mississippi, as overseen by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2011, the DEA rejected an order from its own administrative law judge calling on the agency to issue additional cultivation licenses. The agency claimed that allowing such activity would be “inconsistent with United States obligations under the Single Convention (treaty).”
But in response to an inquiry from Sen. Gillibrand, representatives from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement have now denied the DEA’s claim, stating, “If a party to the Single Convention issued multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes, that fact alone would not be a sufficient basis to conclude that the party was acting in contravention of the Convention.”.
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Under federal regulations, clinical trial protocols involving cannabis must meet approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, the DEA, and NIDA, and they must use source material provided by the University of Mississippi. No other substance, including other schedule I controlled substances, face such severe restrictions.
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The cracks in the wall of federal drug policy are spreading. This election cycle we actually had one candidate — Bernie Sanders — calling for an end to the war on (some) drugs. We are standing on a mountaintop looking out over the promised land — but we are not there yet. What did you do, today, to help re-legalize the cannabis plant? The first step is being a responsible cannabis consumer. The next step is being informed so you can speak knowingly with the “dead-enders,” those still supporting failed policies. Finally, we can all stop hiding. When all of us Come Out for Cannabis at the same time, even true believers are going to be astonished by just how many of us there are.
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