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Trudeau Warned That Marijuana Legalization Would Violate Global Treaties

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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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  1. 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…

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

  3. Mary Bailey Chapman on

    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.

  4. stellarvoyager on

    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.

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