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UN’s Top Drug Czar Not Happy About US Marijuana Reform Victories


united nations drug reformIn not-so shocking-news, the top drug policy czar for the United Nations is not happy about marijuana legalization victories in the United States. Yury Fedotov, the Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, recently stated that marijuana reform victories in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. are not inline with international drug treaties. Per the Washington Post:

The U.N.’s top drug czar says that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives are violations of longstanding international drug treaties. Yury Fedotov, the director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, told reporters that “I don’t see how [state-level marijuana legalization in the U.S.] can be compatible with existing conventions,” according to a Reuters report.

Fedotov’s remarks are notable for coming less than a month after Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield outlined an official policy of “flexibility” in the U.S.’s interpretation of existing U.N. drug control conventions, which require countries to strictly outlaw the sale and use of many common drugs.

Noting that the first of the three major treaties was drafted in 1961, Brownfield said that “things have changed since 1961. We must have enough flexibility to allow us to incorporate those changes into our policies.” He called for all nations, the U.S. included, to “tolerate different national drug policies, to accept the fact that some countries will have very strict drug approaches; other countries will legalize entire categories of drugs.”

Similar comments were made after the 2012 Election. Yet despite the outcry at the U.N. at that time, reform efforts continued, and will continue after these comments. Marijuana reform is here to stay, and history will look back on people that opposed such reforms and consider them to be on the wrong side of history. Whether it be at the local level, state level, federal level, or even the international level, those that cling to failed policies of the past will continue to go the way of the dinosaur.


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  1. Headline should read: UN drug czar worried legal weed could lessen his importance, keeps head up butt no matter how uncomfortable.

  2. Read: Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users and if you agree print out copies, sign them and send them to your elected reps and the UN. (along with your own cover letter)

  3. Howard Woolridge is working with the UN to end Prohibition he is making headway. http://www.drugtruth.net/cms/node/4919

    Also at the United Nations I heard a lot more talk of treating a drug user with humanity and not ever putting them in jail one day for drug use/possession. This is a huge paradigm shift in the mentality of the United Nations which just a few years ago was “lock ‘em all up, throw away the key…dealers/users – anybody.” Just treat them like animals. There is a shift going on as we speak and I’m going to do all that I can to keep that ball rolling.

    Help Howard by going to “Citizens Opposing Prohibition” and donating.

  4. Yuri can go pound sand. I’d like to throw him in prison for the crime of being such a douchebag. Would a 20 year prison term, no eligibility for student loans, and permanent blacklisting of any future employment be an adequate sentence for the crime of obscene douchebaggery? At least it should be a mandatory minimum. Throw Sabet and Leonhart in there, too.

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