Sunday, June 24, 2018

Russia says Canada’s weed legalization violates international laws

Obstacle to drug-free society: Russia says Canada’s weed legalization violates international laws

A general view shows the embassy of Canada in Moscow,
Russia March 29, 2018. © Maxim Shemetov / Reuters


First of all, I want to thank RT for writing the most comprehensive analysis of the "Cannabis Act" that I have read to date.  What a difference it makes when you take all the official propaganda out of a newzstory and just give the facts!  Here's the report from RT and I will have more comments to follow:

Moscow has accused Ottawa of trampling on international law, which it says explicitly prohibits any circulation of weed unless it's for medical or scientific purposes. Canada has become the first Western country to legalize pot.

The scope of international treaties, of which Ottawa is a signee, does not allow for any “exceptions” or “flexible interpretation” of the principle that states the use of drugs must be limited to medicine and research, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday after Canada’s “Cannabis Act” became law on Thursday.

By legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Canada “commits a deliberate and flagrant violation of its international obligations it assumed under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention of Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 UN Convention against illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances,” the ministry said.

Such “drug liberalization” will become a “serious obstacle” on the way to a drug-free society, it warned, calling on Canada’s fellow G7 members to stand up to its “arbitrariness.”

We expect, that Canada’s “arbitrariness” will merit a response from its G7 partners, since this group has repeatedly declared its commitment to the rule of law in interstate relations,” the ministry added.

Last week, Canada became the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to make the use of recreational marijuana and its cultivation, including at home, legal. After both chambers of the country’s parliament voted to approve the bill, it was granted a royal assent by the governor general on Thursday. The Queen’s approval is a largely formal but necessary step to make a bill into a law.

It was initially expected that law would be enacted within 8 to 12 weeks, however, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the law will not take effect until October 17. The delay is needed so the provinces that were vocally opposing the bill have enough time to make adjustments to their local laws, he said.

While the bill was introduced into the parliament in November, it went back and forth between the chambers until it was reconciled. Still, several provinces, namely Quebec, Nunavut, and Manitoba, vowed to contest the law in court. At the center of their concerns is the provision that paves the way for the home growing of the plant. While the provinces are fighting for the right to be able to ban the practice outright, the federal law enables them only to cap the number of plants from the four per household that is permitted by The “Cannabis Act” to just one.

The passing of the law has become a major milestone in the country’s policy towards drugs. Although the medical use of marijuana has been legal, the recreational use of cannabis was criminalized in 1923. The pledge to abolish the long-standing law was one of the key pre-election promises of Trudeau’s ruling Liberal Party, which received a majority of the seats in the 2015 general elections.

The government argues that by legalizing pot it will squeeze the street gangs, which have been profiting from a thriving black market, out of the trade, which is to be put under the control of the government. Canadians will be able to buy weed in shops, which should be licensed by the government, as well as online. In an attempt to prevent adults, who will be eligible to buy weed, from overindulging, the authorities limited the amount they can purchase to 30 grams.

Critics of the legislation say that it will fail to eliminate the black market, only causing a surge in demand. It was estimated that the legal recreational marijuana industry can generate up to $4.3 billion in profits in the first year after the law is enacted.

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Greencrow says:  Well, I'll bet "Le Dope-fiend" didn't even bother to check with the government's myriad of lawyers who are also parliamentarians, not to mention experts in international law, before drafting the Cannabis Act. Oops!

Anyone who objects to this law...which, IMO is a waste of government time and energy in the light of so many more pressing issues to deal with, such as the 4000 Canadians who died of opiate overdose in 2017 alone....is considered an old fuddy duddy,

But here it is...Canadians have to learn from a foreign news outlet that Canada has broken several international treaties...but, whatever. ...

"Pass the dooby, bro."  [inhales deeply......then exhales smoke out of all orifices of head.]

14 comments:

opit said...

Except - is cannabis a 'narcotic drug' rather than a plant which is part of native healing tradition ?
The term narcotic originally referred medically to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. In the United States it has since become associated with opiates and opioids, commonly morphine and heroin and their derivatives, such as hydrocodone. The term is, today, imprecisely defined and typically has negative connotations.
Narcotic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcotic
The arrogance of the international cartel 'regulating' what people may or may not put in their own bodies continues to boggle.

greencrow said...

Hi Opit:

Going back to my daze in the '60's smoking marijuana socially...I remember that it was sleep inducing...not to mention munchie inducing and "lying on the couch all day laughing at cartoons inducing".

opit said...

Funny thing is, back in those days I accepted the social prohibition as being a responsible assessment of danger to the individual. I did not use and actually did not see trying it as a sensible activity. Being married to a brainwashed nurse did not help this perception. Today the same activity seems not just harmnless but desirable as it seems to moderate weird problems rampant among younger people. Fibromyalgia is first to mind.
We have known dysfunctions of the immune systems and the same state is claiming there is no way their unprecedented fucking with kids responses can be related. I'm not buying any of it.
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Reading between the lines said...

There is much debate on whether the complete legalization is the correct direction for the government of Canada .I have done considerable study on countries that have done studies or allowed cannabis to be freely used without convictions ,all the while still illegal.
Whether it should be made legal or not should definitely be bounced against other drugs such as alcohol which has been proven to be much more harmful to health .Be that as it may ,the fact that proper research into the medical use , for good or for bad , will now proceed in honesty and for publication .That alone is good for all of us.
There is no doubt that getting high will not solve the problems that we already have as a society .Education should/will have to be parallel to this law permitting the use.

greencrow said...

Hi Opit

Thanks very much for this. You say...

"... it seems to moderate weird problems rampant among younger people. Fibromyalgia is first to mind..."

Can you elaborate? I never thought there was a connection between Fibromyalgia and cannabis. Does it help with symptoms? I have always agreed that medicinal marijuana for ease of pain of cancers, etc. was okay.

gc

greencrow said...

Hi RBTL:

You say: "...countries that have done studies or allowed cannabis to be freely used without convictions ,all the while still illegal..."

Interestingly, I recently asked my son and his partner [who are millennials] what they thought of the new law. Both of them agreed that it should have been de-criminalized but not made legal. That is and has always been my view. So some young people are not enthralled with this law.

gc

Northerntruthseeker said...

Hey Crow.. Thanks for this info, and I "borrowed" it and put it up at my blog as well....

Kudos for finding this important piece of information, and it may indeed put an end to the legalization plans that "Le Dauphin" has passed through Parliament... This could also indeed give another black eye to Trust-in Jew Dough and put "egg on his face"...

I can hardly wait to see what happens next...

greencrow said...

Comments copied from NTS blog:

Hi NTS:

Browsing through the Canadian M$M this morning I don't see anything on this revelation. Perhaps they think if they don't mention it [broken treaties] it will just "go away".

There are some interesting comments on my post...including one where I and a commenter agree that marijuana should have simply been "decriminalized" but NOT made "legal" for recreational use. THAT is where Le Dope-Fiend has got Canada's knickers in a knot.
June 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Northerntruthseeker said...
I too thought about this difference between decriminalization and full "legalization"... I wondered why Trust-in Jew Dough did not take the former and instead stuck headstrong with the latter....

greencrow said...

NTS says:

"... I wondered why Trust-in Jew Dough did not take the former and instead stuck headstrong with the latter...."

Because he's a dimwit????

opit said...

My son suffers from fibromyalgia and has found great relief from the use of CBD oil, which I believe is basically a hemp extract rather than being from MJ per se. ( I do recall jokes about how 90% of 'pot busts' actually were for hemp, which is a valuable crop in its own right. )
The basic problem with prohibition is simple ; it causes research to screech to a grinding halt because 'law enforcement' trumps sensible assessment whether in the lab or no. Would you fund research on something the state has anger management issues with that it should not be used ? Especially since it is a natural plant.

The harm to the public meme is sensible only until someone starts to look into it. A few years ago the advisor to the minister in the UK responsible for controlling drug use rapidly got the can after he had the poor judgement ( or bad luck ) to publicly state his own views on relative drug harms. Subsequently he has kept an online presence going promoting these views. Just look for Dr. Nutt ( there has to be irony there somewhere ).
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Greg Bacon said...

So helping KSA, the USA, Israel and the UAE commit a mass genocide on Yemen is OK by international law? Must be, haven't read much about leaders bitching about that.

But by Gawd, don't smoke that joint.

And what about those Afghan poppy fields, zealously guarded by US troops?

Anonymous said...

Uruguay was the first western country to legalize marijuana.

In North America, no one cares about that any more than they care about the evil that is perpetrated on Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, etc., etc.

Anonymous said...

Uruguay legalized it before Canada did and no one said a thing.

Marijuana has negligible non-therapeutic amounts of CDB. CBD oil that is purported to help certain conditions (anecdotal evidence) is form hemp and the best ones have less than .03 % THC, so it is legal everywhere and non psychotropic.

greencrow said...

Hi Anonyami

First. Uruguay isn't in the G7 (or previously G8) that signed international treaties together. Secondly...the "strawman" argument [i.e., A [marijuana] is not as bad as B [evil perpetrated on Palestine] is a stupid one. Don't use it on this blog please. Our readers know it's possible to walk and chew gum at the same time. Finally, is another strawman to talk about the "medicinal" application of marijuana when the legislation "Cannabis Act" deals specifically with RECREATIONAL use.


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