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Major Groups Call For UN To Respect Countries That Legalize Marijuana Or Other Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

united nations drug reformAs the United Nations prepares for the first comprehensive review of global responses to drug problems in nearly two decades, a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations is pushing for the international body to respect countries that move away from prohibition.

“Existing US and global drug control policies that heavily emphasize criminalization of drug use, possession, production and distribution are inconsistent with international human rights standards and have contributed to serious human rights violations,” the groups write in a new letter being released today.

Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Global Exchange and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights are among the signatories. Also notable are a number of organizations devoted to health policy and AIDS services.

The letter’s release is timed to a United Nations “High-Level Thematic Debate on the World Drug Problem” taking place in New York on Thursday, May 7, in preparation for a UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) scheduled for April 2016. Advocates believe that countries should take the UNGASS as an opportunity to pursue a range of reforms to global drug policy, including revising provisions of the UN Drug Conventions that threaten to stand in the way of reform. The Obama administration has taken the stance that countries should be free to pursue different kinds of systems under the treaties — including legalization — but has also opposed treaty reform, a stance which advocates have questioned.

“The administration’s call to respect countries’ right to try regulation rather than prohibition is a positive step for drug policy, as are other reforms the US has sought internationally,” said David Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org, who coordinated the sign-on letter. “But it doesn’t make sense to oppose having a discussion within the UN about modernizing the treaties to reflect that.”

The coalition has called for the UN to appoint a “Committee of Experts” to study treaty reform, a common UN procedure for addressing issues of interest.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/groups-call-for-un-to-respect-countries-that-legalize-marijuana/


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Former DEA Agent Speaks Out in Favor of Legal Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has gained support from an unlikely source.

A former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, who spent six years as the DEA's Marijuana Coordinator in Miami and New Mexico, is now speaking out in favor of legislation that would create a full-fledged recreational marijuana program in Arizona. After years of fighting the War on Drugs, Finn Selander has done an about-face, and he sat down with ABC15 to explain why.

"As an agent, I was doing my job," Selander said. "I was enforcing the law. It was definitely hard at times... I would see injustice in a number of cases."

Now a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP, Selander said that he's seen too many lives ruined by strict marijuana laws and those laws need to change.

According to ABC15, the initiative he's supporting is set to to appear on Arizona's 2016 ballots and "proposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use for those over the age of 21, creating a network of shops licensed to sell and distribute it and taxing it 15 percent on top of the regular sales tax."

(Photo Courtesy of Wired)

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/former-dea-agent-speaks-out-favor-legal-marijuana


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Category: Concentrates | Posted on Tue, May, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


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Justices seek U.S. government's views on Colorado marijuana law

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, May, 5th 2015 by THCFinder
A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building
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A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Barack Obama's administration for its views on a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

The Obama administration has allowed states to experiment with marijuana legalization even though the drug remains illegal under federal law.

The high court's action delays its decision on whether the nine justices will hear the case. There is no deadline for the U.S. Justice Department to respond to the court's request.

In their challenge to Colorado's law, Nebraska and Oklahoma said marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and that drugs threaten the health and safety of children.

Nebraska and Oklahoma noted that federal law still prohibits marijuana, arguing that Colorado has created "a dangerous gap" in the federal drug control system.

Colorado stands by its law and said the Supreme Court was not the correct place to resolve the case. Oklahoma and Nebraska's lawsuit was filed under the court's rarely used "original jurisdiction" in which the justices hear disputes between states that are not first reviewed by lower courts.

Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012. Washington state also voted the same year to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults, while Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia followed suit last fall.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

Source:http://news.yahoo.com/justices-seek-u-governments-views-colorado-marijuana-law-145854521.html


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