… and HumCo/CA Weed Legalization
I wanted to pass along this factoid I happened across this am from a 2012 Kevin Drum post. I think it’s good to keep in the back of one’s mind as we think about weed legalization.
“Probably nobody cares about this, but there’s a reason marijuana isn’t legal anywhere in the world: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, an international treaty adopted in 1961. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under this treaty, which means it’s flatly, totally forbidden. Countries can decriminalize marijuana use, but no signatory to the treaty can legalize either use or cultivation.
So it’s not just a matter of getting either Congress or a state legislature on board for legalization. You’d have to get the United States to withdraw from the 1961 treaty, and that just isn’t in the cards. Decriminalization and wink-wink-nudge-nudge lack of enforcement are about the best we can hope for anytime in the near future.”
I’d imagine, and it is only imagining, that this is one of the unspoken and perhaps unknown reasons legalization doesn’t really come up as a subject nationally. That and the Moral Majority.
- Arguments on this from the libertarian/conservative right about the lack of authority of international treaties.
- Thoughts and notes from the left on how countries like a) Uruguay have dealt with this (A: they apparently haven’t) and b) Bolivia who have found a legal way to create exceptions.
My bias on this is I think we do need to depend on international treaties to help guide growth and development internationally given environmental concerns that don’t understand national boundaries.