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United Nations agency demands U.S. government sue states over marijuana decriminalization laws

statesNatural  News – by J.D. Heyes

Americans have differing opinions about the wisdom of marijuana legalization but most of us would agree that no matter what we think about it personally, it is an issue for Americans to decide.

So, an admonishment by a United Nations agency urging the U.S. government to sue the states of Colorado and Washington, whose citizens recently voted to support pot legalization in their states, should be dismissed out of hand as the carnival sideshow that it is, right?

If only it were that easy.

You see, while such decisions should be left for Americans and states to decide on their own, decades of allowing our leaders to strike bargains (otherwise known as “treaties”) with the UN has created an impediment to liberty, thus allowing an unelected global body a say in our country’s political processes. Some call that “civilized” and “reasonable;” George Washington called such arrangements an “entangling alliance” we should strive to avoid.

Then there is that federal law regarding marijuana…

Nevertheless, the International Narcotics Control Board is now prodding the U.S. government to challenge Colorado and Washington in court over pot legalization for recreational use in those states because the agency says the laws violate international drug treaties, The Seattle Times reported.

The INCB (which seems an inappropriate agency to make the complaint considering pot is not a narcotic) made its recommendation in an annual drug report. Officials called on Washington to act quickly to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”

In late February, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he was in the final stages of reviewing the state laws, adding that he was looking at policy options as well as international implications of the laws’ passage. Meanwhile, marijuana possession and use remains illegal under federal law; based on this Justice Department’s history,states have to pass their own illegal immigration and voting registration laws to get sued by the Feds.

In any event, because pot is still illegal on the federal level, Holder and Justice could decide to sue – or not. Given that Holder’s boss, President Obama, has freely admitted he smoked copious amounts of weed during his younger days (“I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”) and that he has said prosecuting Colorado and Washington state over their laws is not on his radar, chances are good that there won’t be any subpoenas delivered to their capitals anytime soon.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama told ABC News shortly after the laws passed. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.” (So, is he saying state laws now trump federal laws – at least, when the violation is one he agrees with?)

Just pointing out the obvious?

It may be none of the UN’s business (and it wouldn’t be, were it not for that pesky treaty), but at least someone is attempting to hold Obama and his Justice Department accountable to the rule of law, and not just when it suits them.

“The entire international system is based on countries respecting the rules, and there’s a broad fabric of international treaties that are part and parcel to that,” said David Johnson, the U.S. delegate to the Vienna-based board.

The role of the UN board is to act as an “independent” monitoring body, monitoring for compliance with and implementation of United Nations drug control conventions. Raymond Yans, the head of the agency, has also called on Holder to do his job and challenge the laws in both states shortly after voters approved them in November.

Granted, there are plenty of Americans who are in agreement with Colorado and Washington for legalizing marijuana, as well as with the Obama administration’s decision to pass (so far) on prosecuting them for passing a drug law in violation of federal law. But the point here is this: Americans live by the rule of law. As president,Obama is the nation’s chief law enforcement officer (EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS ISN’T TECHNICALLY TRUE; IT’S HOLDER); he should not be deciding which laws he wants to enforce and which laws he wants to ignore because he simply doesn’t agree with them.

So the path forward is clear: Repeal the federal prohibition against marijuana possession and usage, and withdraw from UN drug treaties. That may sting a bit on the international geopolitical scene (remember, part of our effort in Afghanistan is an anti-drug effort aimed at interdicting heroin production), but at least we won’t have a president who is being hypocritical on the issue.

It shouldn’t take a UN treaty or a global agency to remind our leaders how to govern.

Sources:

http://seattletimes.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://current.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039423_United_Nations_US_government_marijuana_decriminalization.html#ixzz2N9V533CB

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24 Responses to United Nations agency demands U.S. government sue states over marijuana decriminalization laws

  1. Jolly Roger says:

    Obviously the “United Nations” has no respect for the institutions of this nation, and stands firmly against democracy in general, and instead appeals to national leaders to oppress their population as the U.N. sees fit.

    Since the U.N. opposes everything the U.S.A. and it’s constitution stand for, there’s no place for them here, and the U.S.A. has no business being a member of this organization.

  2. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Now we have the Goddamn United Nations meddling with states affairs. Where are the threats from the traitors on the hill? The UN has no Goddamn right to demand a damn thing from the United States. We pay their damn bill to keep them alive every year. I say we turn the United Nations building into a giant 16 ounce soda serving facility with a downstairs marijuana grow and public smoking facility, featuring a hash and honey oil tour.

    • diggerdan says:

      A dream of mine for years Mark. Herb and hash and honey oil, ya got me smiling there Mark.

      • Mark Schumacher - NV says:

        Hi digger,

        Yes, this shit just gets better and better my friend. The sooner we get this crap straightened out the better. The useless bunch of tools we call leaders are either suffering from commie brain psychosis or zombie vampire rot.

        • Millard says:

          The United Nations has no authority concerning the laws of our land and everyone can stand behind our constitution and just disregard any law they may try to impose upon us. Any treaty agreed to by the traitors that be, I will totally disregard.

    • rhumstruck says:

      A good use for an old Rockefeller slaughter yard! Let’s not forget free 1 gram sample packs!*

      * Limit 5 samples per visit, per day

      • diggerdan says:

        Yes rhumstruck, that would be a good policy. Something that I have been wondering about though is with all of these designer strains is if they are GMO strains. I wish we could get back to the good old fashioned panama red , alcopoco gold, all them columbian strains and my favorites the tie weed and jamaican – well I like all the old fashioned strains, lol. what can I say.

        • rhumstruck says:

          Sadly, most of those have been bred out of existence. The so-called “Designer”strains today are definitely GMO! Selective cross breeding of different native strains to create a tastier, stonier herb.
          But this isn’t Monsanto! This is horticultural experimenters in clandestine grow sites crossbreeding for the ultimate high. Just stoners like all of us!
          HMmmm,
          What if God were one of us?
          Just a head like all of us?
          What if his blunts would last 100 years?
          Don’t forget to bring some beer…

  3. Cathleen says:

    Home grown,
    San Simeon,
    and Thai Stick.

    . . . Just sayin’. ;^)

    . . .

    • diggerdan says:

      Never heard of Sam Simeon. yes Cathleen, home grown is the only way to go :}

      • rhumstruck says:

        Better herb through homegrown genetic engineering! Been experimenting with this since the 70’s. Too bad I never stayed at it. It’s easy to do, just takes a lot of time.

        • diggerdan says:

          Yea I know rhumstruck. that is why I got sent away for so many years back in the 60`s and 70`s and the again in the 90`s. not included rehab and jail inbetween those times, but I did meet good people and learned a lot first hand. We all should get together and keep the faith eh,at least IMO. :)

  4. Bullwinkle says:

    I look forward to using this medicinal plant after I retire or the war starts, which ever comes first. I have arthritis and two deteriorating disks.

    • diggerdan says:

      I had the same prob with a few blown disks and cracked vertabrae and they put me on that damned Celebrex when it was stil in its experimental stage and it is one BS treatment, all that celebrex ever did for me was made matters worse. I puked up hand fulls of blood because of celebrex and they said it was not possible. The Herb is the only way to go, I know many including myself that experienced the herb for buldging discs and cracked vertabrae and the herb works for all of us – 100%.

    • Lowtolerance says:

      Yep, I simply cannot wait to find a new job. This is right up there with the worst parts of unemployment. I have football, motorcycle injuries, and other crap not to mention just good ol’ old age and arthritis. Oh yeah, and these goddamn shingles. Holy crap, every time I feel that burn I hate elites ten times more.

      Pisses me off to no end. Didn’t keep me from making a 4.0 in college, didn’t stop me from designing multi-million dollar machines for years, but somehow stands between me and a f#@king admin job at a rat bastard corp? This shit is so upside down.

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    lol….”tie weed” is right out of a Cheech & Chong movie.

    Thai Stick = “The weed that’s all tied up on a stick”

    It’s allegedly from Thailand.

    • rhumstruck says:

      I haven’t seen real Thai stick in 30 years. And yes, it really did come from Thailand, bricks of it! Sealed and wrapped and stashed in the bilges of USN ships. Been there did that, damn near forgot it!

      • diggerdan says:

        Remember that true to life blue thai stick that was in Madison back in the late 70`s rhumstruck? Todays herb doesen`t compare to that.. It was expensive but it was a well deserved treat. Madison, Wi. has always been over priced but you could always get anything that you wanted at the drop of a hat and it would be what you paid for – not some phoney stuff. I wish I had money to get some of that stuff again. I could realy use it.

        • rhumstruck says:

          I brought some of that back from Thailand! It came to me in Guam. I wish I could have brought back some BUDDAH thai, that stuff was dipped in opium. Sticks as fat as yer thumb, $15 The stick itself was a sliver of bamboo about the size of a long ass tooth pick, all that goodness wrapped onto a stick with a hair thin coconut fiber.
          Ahhhhh, those were the good old days!

          • diggerdan says:

            Come on now. I bought a lot of that. Those were the days. That was some of my old seed stock. It is a small wolrld my freind. :) :) :) those were the best years of my life rhumstruck. Aw buddy you bring back real good memories. Thanks man!!!!!

  6. Fred says:

    I think It’s time to get ride of the U.N. Lets sue them for all the crimes they commit in the U.S.

  7. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    By what authority does the U.N. have the right to DEMAND anything?

  8. desertspeaks says:

    Article 36 of the UN Single convention on narcotic drugs states the following.
    Article 36 PENAL PROVISIONS.. Subject to its constitutional limitations,

    Which means, each signatory to the treaty, inclusive of the US.. can only enforce this treaty subject to each countries constitutional limitations.
    The US government is LIMITED to enforcing this treaty by the limitations imposed by the US CONSTITUTION!
    And those limitations in the constitution, to federal legislation, are to property owned by or ceded to the US govt. such as post offices, court houses, national parks, nature preserves, military installations, etc.. The US government can only apply this treaty to persons physically on property owned by or ceded to the US government, at the time of the alleged offense.
    This limitation has played out many times in courts, even in the event of MURDER, the federal government is LIMITED to prosecuting those who were on FEDERAL PROPERTY at the time of the crime!
    END OF CONVERSATION!!

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