Jan 072016
 January 7, 2016
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Marijuana reform supporters in Canada and around the world were absolutely ecstatic when Justin Trudeau won in Canada’s last election. Trudeau campaigned on a pro-marijuana legalization platform, and stated multiple times that he would start working on marijuana legalization as soon as he took office as Prime Minister of Canada. The desire to legalize marijuana would violate some international treaties, which Justin Trudeau was made aware of this last week (although I’m sure he already knew that). Per CBC News:

The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest.

That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.

Trudeau’s plan to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana is already proving a complicated and controversial undertaking on the domestic front, in part because it requires working with the provinces.

Uruguay has already legalized marijuana, and as far as I know, there hasn’t been any significant backlash from the international community. There have been words said by marijuana opponents in the international community, but there are always going to be people that don’t like what another country is doing, marijuana or otherwise. In this case, I don’t think Canada should let international treaties get in the way of righting the wrong that is marijuana prohibition. Trudeau will forge ahead, and Canada will be more than OK as a result. ”It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

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  • saynotohypocrisy

    The people who hatched these treaties were so ignorant or sinister that they are responsible for governments banning not only a crucial and versatile medicine, but also amazingly versatile industrial hemp and amazingly benign (compared to alcohol) recreational cannabis all at once. Quite the act of mass destruction these scum bigot treaties are.

  • Michael Miller

    To Hell with the Treaties. When unjust laws are created, they must be disobeyed, and they must be destroyed. There is no sense in prohibition of a plant. None. It violates every man and woman’s right to life, liberty, and happiness. Justin Trudeau knows this.

  • David Yoseph Schreiber

    Most likely abrogating the treaty will be of no consequence. It may be polite to formally file the treaty withdrawal paperwork.

  • JR

    Not only does Trudeau know that he would violate International treaties…he doesn’t care. As an American in the cannabis industry, what I wouldn’t do to have a politician like this here in the states. Go Canada!

    • Kevin

      Vote for berny Sanders then yeah?

      • JR

        Of course I will, but there is something different about the tone and tactics Trudeau used. First, acknowledging the cannabis economy, and secondly outright running on its importance. Granted, the Canadian economy isn’t the United States but a United States politician can’t even begin to talk about the economic impact cannabis has on the overall economy. What we get here in the states is talk about how much money will be saved by law enforcement once arrests and seizures are nixed.

  • jason

    I’d personally wipe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ass with the treaty if he’d let me…

  • michael_ellis

    So what actual consequences are the U.N and/or the other treaty signatories likely to impose on Canada? Embargo maple syrup? C’est à rire, n’est-ce pas?

  • ZZardozz

    Bolivia faced the same thing over their refusal to ban the indigenous Coca trade, so they withdrew from the UN Single Convention, and one year later, rejoined, except they stated that they do not agree to the Coca ban. Uruguay just did it anyway, and nobody has done anything about it, but they could do the same thing, and so could Canada. If they want to do this, they can do it.

    • dinges65

      It would be better to retreat from these conventions, and not rejoin at all! The whole UN led war on drugs is a crime in itself, and so are the treaty-straightjackets that make fundamental change so hard.

  • Von

    Meanwhile the UN has used it’s broad and sharp teeth to punish multiple countries violating UN treaties…. Hahaha yeah right… Let’s see for starters… How many countries wipe those treaties with their bottom while torturing pow’s, violating Arms treaties, testing nuclear weapons, designing the “Star Wars defense systems (anti ICBM shield), genocide, in humane executions, assassination, spying, list goes on and on. Every UN country has violated some treaty at some time, and the UN only does something about it when country takes direct action against the violator of the treaty and tell me, what country is going to go to war with a country like Canada, US, Mexico ect over legalization of a substance as benign as marijuana. For Christ sake, no one has ever fatally overdosed on marijuana…. Ironically, the one way to bypass this UN agreement is, incorporate the right to personal use and regulated sale and possession in their constitution. As the UN agreements regarding drugs all state that if it violates a countries constitution the treaty is null and void.

  • Jane Peters

    Is he backtracking?

  • Dave Jensen

    Time to do away with these so-called ‘international agreements’, tired of everyone wanting to be the same.

  • moldy

    Screw the UN. Those treaties are worthless and so is the UN. We should kick them out of NYC since it costs us over a billion dollars a year to support the stupidity.

  • Closet Warrior

    I see a lot of chatter about telling the UN to go get bent and I feel the same. However, how does a man running on a mostly marijuana reform platform not know the international laws??? I hope I’m wrong and Trudeau just doesn’t recognize global policing on this issue but what if he’s just another slick politician who got a powerful position by telling the people of his country what they wanna hear? Happens in this country every four years!!!

  • Whyiowa4medical

    The last I knew the UN was an organization to keep the peace within member nations and to fight for those who are under despotic rule or attack. I know some American presidents have forced some drug treaties through the UN, but as the UN is neither a medical organization, or an organization of international drug control the treaties that finally harmed Amsterdam (mostly via the complaints on psilocybin) is the only known UN sanction proposed. As we are not yet taking on the personal or sacred use of psilocybin/psilocin, I do not believe that these treaties can be worth the paper they are written on as MANY drug companies are looking into cannabis products and such companies do business throughout the world. Since ANY extract or synthetic falls under their treaty definition as of the period that Sativex, Epidolex, and several other cannabis based medicines have been marketed and sold internationally, this treaty is now moot and cannot be enforced. I have Canadian connections and I will bring this to their attention as this treaty in being ignored at the will of corporations; no country should be held to this worthless treaty. If they are to attempt this then the creators of Sativex and Epidolex must remain in the UK and should be illegal to produce, manufacture, and trade internationally under this treaty. Yet one and all are marketed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico only to mention our closest neighbors.

  • stellarvoyager

    If Trudeau renegs on his campaign promise, he should be given the boot in the next election. He said that he would legalize cannabis “immediately.” We are still waiting, Mr. Prime Minister. It is time for results, not more talk and stalling tactics.

    • gotohell

      Trudeau will become just abother “good world citizen”. Too spineless to give the finger to the UN. Typical liberal.

      • saynotohypocrisy

        c’mon, give him a chance.

    • Christopher Barker

      Gotta give it a minute. It’s unfortunate that the PM can’t just write it up and get it done.
      You’re expecting him to tell the U S to p*ss off and that must be done with a certain measured amount of tact.

      • stellarvoyager

        You’re right, we need to give him a chance. It’s just that I’ve gotten so used to politicians making promises to reform cannabis laws, only to come up with all kinds of excuses why it can’t be done, or to outright ignore the issue, once they get into office. And after 80 years of prohibition, my patience has worn thin. But you are right, we should give him the benefit of the doubt — for now. But my tolerance for more foot-dragging reached its limit long ago.

        I feel like we’ve been burned by Obama here in the States. I had great hope for reforms under him, and we’ve gotten the bare minimum, broken promises, dismissive “stoner” jokes, and foot dragging. He has basically issued memos to direct federal prosecutors not to interfere, but that’s it, and those memos carry no more legal weight than the paper they’re printed on. Cannabis law reform has taken a back seat to every other one of his pet causes — from gun control to climate change. Yet cannabis is still schedule I. So my cynicism comes from letdown after letdown from politicians who sound promising at first, then ignore the issue.

        Trudeau seems different, and I like him a lot. But then I hear him repeating the “treaty” excuse, which is just a red herring, and sounds like a cop-out. Uruguay managed to reform their laws despite the treaties, and so did Bolivia with respect to the coca plant. Canada is a much larger and more powerful nation than either of them, so to claim that international treaties are blocking cannabis legalization in Canada sounds far-fetched to me.

  • Gronono

    Canada shares border with both Alaska and Washington states, sandwiched between two US states where you can just go to the corner store to pick up a strain of your choice, not to mention edibles and concentrates. We’re not talking about plutonium here, cannabis should be regulated like tomatoes.

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      “We’re not talking about plutonium here…”

      Former dead president,
      zombie Ronnie Raygun begs to differ…

      “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one
      marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to
      being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.”

      ~ Ronald Reagan ~

      • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

        The Heath monkey asphyxiation studies.

        • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

          That explains it…
          Reagan’s reliance on a flawed experiment
          DESIGNED to induce severe brain damage via extreme hypoxia.
          [Was HE also a TEST SUBJECT?].

  • MrPC

    Who cares? What are they going to do, invade Canada?

    • gotohell

      Dunno. Maybe they will launch a “peace mission” to stop the daemon herb. One world, one love. Think of the children!

  • Joe Ratley

    When we see great international pressure being brought to bear against marijuana legalization, it becomes obvious that the real reason marijuana has been attacked and kept illegal is all about money.

  • gotohell

    The UN is a corrupt organisation that’s no more then a puppet for the pharmaceutical companies. Because real adults take pills, they don’t consume “edgy” raw plant matter. That is for teenagers. You need to grow up and stop with the teenager activities. A real adult is a slave to big pharma. Shallow those pills with good, legal and safe alcohol.

  • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

    The first rule of politics:

    Never Trust Politicians

  • gfifer1

    I say Canada enact their own domestic drug policies and tell the UN to screw off. The UN doesn’t ever punish countries that commit serious violations to war treaties, so why is this such a big deal?

  • Mary Bailey Chapman

    I think they need to run their country the way they want. The UN can stuff it up their azz. They make it sound like Cannabis is causing more problems then ISIS does. It’s an herb with healing powers. Nothing more. The only reason there is probation in the first place is because of pharmaceutical companies.

  • Jonny Lan

    Justin Trudeau is the biggest let down of all time. Making Bill Blaire former police Nazi the head of the legalization process. Friggin Shmucks.

  • Silverado

    That excuse will only be used if all the others still won’t work. Or maybe they can call their cannabis…”neocon inspired” and do anything they want just like the criminal neocons do here in the US. Either way and these characters are pathetic…

  • Faggory Daggory Doo!

    its (CURRENT YEAR)!!