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    Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies
    November 13, 2014

    A Russian diplomat who heads the United Nations’ drug policy office reportedly chided U.S. states for legalizing recreational marijuana and vowed to take up his concerns with officials in Washington -- in the latest incident of a U.N. official meddling in local U.S. affairs. In response, one American advocacy group suggested the U.N. agency has no authority here, and has outlived its usefulness.

    Yury Fedotov, director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, addressed the ballot measures on Wednesday, on the heels of last week’s midterm elections. Last Tuesday, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., voters approved measures allowing marijuana use – following the pot path blazed by Colorado and Washington state. But according to Reuters, Fedotov told reporters that the moves defy international drug “conventions.” "I don't see how [the laws] can be compatible with existing conventions," he reportedly said, claiming he would take it up with State Department and U.N. officials next week. Fedotov was referring to platforms from international drug treaties as far back as 1961.

    But Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, told FoxNews.com that while Fedotov technically might be right, those “conventions” have “no teeth.” Further, he criticized the U.N. office for focusing on punitive policies and said, “At this point, we’d be better off without the UNODC.” Nadelmann and allied groups have been buoyed by a string of Obama administration statements making clear that, for now, they will take a lenient approach toward marijuana legalization. Last month, a senior State Department official called for a “flexible interpretation” of U.N. drug policies. “Things have changed since 1961,” Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said. Given that and other statements from top administration officials, Nadelmann brushed off Fedotov’s comments. “It doesn’t make any difference,” he said. “Fedotov is going through the motions…. but the decision’s already been made.”

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    Interesting. Are the pot policies of a growing number of states breaking/ignoring international drug treaties or conventions?


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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Interesting. Are the pot policies of a growing number of states breaking/ignoring international drug treaties or conventions?
    Yawn. I recommend disbanding the UN or at least withdrawing from it.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    I think there's a thread on this.
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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    The US routinely ignores the UN so
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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Interesting. Are the pot policies of a growing number of states breaking/ignoring international drug treaties or conventions?
    Yes they are.

    But that is a good thing.

    As a result of these policies the silly and hugely destructive prohibition will slowly end.

    The UN is still worth keeping. It slows actions often. That's generally good, especially when war is the action being considered.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Interesting. Are the pot policies of a growing number of states breaking/ignoring international drug treaties or conventions?
    Initiatives like this one are quite normal now. There is a growing but already massive campaign by Russia to undermine US credibility and legitimacy. They are very adept at it and the propaganda, which is thick and heavy, is impacting attitudes in populations around the world. It is affecting policies to the detriment of the US considerably.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    Yawn. I recommend disbanding the UN or at least withdrawing from it.
    The UN has it's uses in regards to keeping the peace, but they should be steered back to their original purpose. They should not be a de facto one-world government with the power to decide what countries can or cannot legalize.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Maybe we should ask Comrade Fedotov what the UN's policy on members annexing pieces of other countries is.

    In other words: Go **** yourself, guy.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Maybe we should ask Comrade Fedotov what the UN's policy on members annexing pieces of other countries is.

    In other words: Go **** yourself, guy.
    Logical fallacies.

    A very liberal response.

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    Re: Marijuana meddle: UN official rips US states over legal pot policies

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleocon View Post
    Logical fallacies.

    A very liberal response.
    I see you stopped in again to hurl nonsensical insults instead of contributing to the topic.

    I guess you're in favor of Russia overruling the states? You know what, don't answer that, I don't care, you're just going to tell me I need jesus or something then call me a liberal because I don't want to live in the middle ages with you.
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