The recent moves by some American states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes are not in line with those of the international drugs conventions. The U.N. anti-drugs chief said that he would discuss the matter U.S. pot legalization matter in Washington next week.
Many residents in US states like Alaska, Oregon and Washington have voted to legalize marijuana saying that U.S. pot legalization should not be such a hard thing to do, especially since marijuana and cannabis use has been increasingly recognized by many Americans.
Yury Fedotov, the executive director of the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) told the reporters that:
“I don’t see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions.”
Fedotov was asked if the UNODC can do anything about the U.S. pot legalization issue and he answered that he would further discuss the problem with the U.S. State Department and some other UN agencies.
Alaska and Oregon want to legalize marijuana use in specialized shops like the ones in Washington state and Colorado. These were the first American states to allow marijuana use for recreational purposes.
Marijuana is still considered an illegal drug under federal law but Obama administration said that it’s up to every U.S. state to decide whether or not it will make marijuana legal or not.
Fedotov also said that the US developments could be part of a wider trend to make pot legal. Uruguay, for example, was the first country to legalize marijuana in 2013.
The INCB (International Narcotics Board) said that Uruguay’s bill to legalize marijuana was not in terms with the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, saying that the states should limit the use of cannabis and marijuana only to scientific and medical purposes. The INCB said that this law should be respected since marijuana and cannabis are both highly addictive drugs.
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