UN Drug Watchdog "Concerned" with Marijuana Legalization Votes

UN Drug Watchdog "Concerned" with Marijuana Legalization Votes

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — The president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Thursday voiced “grave concern” about the votes legalizing marijuana in the US states of Colorado and Washington, as well as in the Michigan cities of Detroit and Flint. INCB head Raymond Yans also warned that allowing for the legal, non-medical sale of marijuana would violate the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

INCB President Raymond Yans (incb.org)

The INCB is a quasi-judicial body charged with monitoring compliance with the Single Convention and associated treaties. It hectors governments that step outside its interpretation of what the treaties allow, although in practical terms, its ability to enforce its will is mainly rhetorical. INCB criticism of Australia and Canada over the establishment of safe injection sites, for example, has not moved those governments to end the practice, nor has its criticism of Bolivia over allowing coca cultivation resulted in a shift of policy in Bolivia.

Yans was inspired to speak out by the victories of Amendment 64 in Colorado and Initiative 502 in Washington state, both of which envisage legal, state-regulated commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution regimes and both of which will result in the possession of small amounts by adults being legal by early next year. The INCB also alluded to the votes in the Michigan cities of Detroit and Flint to legalize the possession of up to an ounce by adults on private property.

“These developments are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states,” Yans said in a Thursday statement. “Legalization of cannabis within these states would send wrong and confusing signals to youth and society in general, giving the false impression that drug abuse might be considered normal and even, most disturbingly, safe. Such a development could result in the expansion of drug abuse, especially among young people, and we must remember that all young people have a right to be protected from drug abuse and drug dependency.”

This isn’t your father’s marijuana, Yans warned.

“Since the adoption of this Convention, very potent new forms of cannabis have appeared on the illicit market, and technological advances have been used to increase the content of the most ‘active ingredient,’ so to speak, in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The cannabis on the illicit market today is much more dangerous than that seen in the 60s and 70s,” Yans said.

Yans also noted that “for the international drug control system to function effectively, to achieve its aim of ensuring availability of drugs for medical purposes while preventing their abuse, the conventions must be universally adhered to and implemented by all states.” He called on the US government “to take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties within the entire territory of the United States, in order to protect the health and well-being of its citizens.”

  • J Varnos

    Be gone Raymond Yans before somebody drops a house on you too!

  • joeyrockx

    Go to hell punk. We don’t take orders from our step children. We fund 90% of the U.N. Watch
    your mouth before we take your allowance away kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobjchambers Bob Chambers

    He called on the US government “to take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties within the entire territory of the United States, in order to protect the health and well-being of its citizens.”

    In other words, fuck the free will of the people that voted for legal cannabis, do what I want.

  • jim dandy

    that guy has his head up his ass no free will

  • ysoserious

    No Don’t Drop a house, Drop some common sense? Sometimes wee have to face ignorance and be patient. Oh and before someone starts saying watch my mouth cause of some allowance thing, I’m British, and over here our government is the embodiment of Mr Reynolds! are we not country’s based on democracy and the voice of the people?

    Peace out, cause either way I’m still Toking! :D

  • yo mama

    get another occupation, jackass…

  • jafe

    Yeah democracy is definitely the frightening thing here.

  • Ed WIldman

    A couple of things to consider. First, while I am not certain of this, I suspect that the US was probably behind the creation of this Convention in the first place. Second, since the UN seems incapable of doing anything about the government of Syria slaughtering its own citizens by the thousands, its hard to believe they will do anything here other than stamp their feet and shake their fingers at the US.

  • http://twitter.com/jewbird Sam Jew

    The wrong message to send to youth is the one that erodes your credibility.

  • cohara1103

    hey yans we vote in this country and the voters said its legal so you can go fuck yourself

  • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

    Cannabis is not dangerous by any scientific measure. Your time is past Mr Yans. Soon the whole world will recognise the insanity of cannabis prohibition. Cannabis is good for health, good for the economy and at last your lies are being exposed

  • http://twitter.com/lord_leto lee prew

    LOL the UN ’cause that worked out really well! Genocides taking place all over and they do bugger all to protect the people. Drugs get legalised….UN gets involved! Hmmmm, think its time to disband as you’re as much use as a wet fart in a nuclear war.

  • Not Asking

    Oh ok yessum suh right away massuh. Nobody asked the fucking UN if they were ok with it or not. Its a democracy, and the people have spoken. We’re not asking permission. The UN have problems in Israel, Syria, DRC, North Korea, and Chechnya to sort out, to name a few. What a hypocrite, all the while Tobacco and alcohol kill millions each year. Answer to that first you snivelling little rat. Fuck off!

  • Sour Alien

    Scum bags, they know prohibition keeps em paid and fed. Well, sorry for not supporting something that only contributes to your wealth. Something that jails thousands of harmless people to ‘save them from themselves’. For a plant, less toxic than aspirin and safer on the body and mind. Sorry for not supporting a policy that keeps criminals rich, along with alcohol companies and corrupt politicians. The only way to stop me smoking cannabis would be to kill me, but it seems people are still being executed in certain countries just for possession, so it would seem even the threat of death isnt enough.

  • Etidorhpa

    Yans looks messed up in general.

  • lj martin

    Look at the pic of this man. He has probably never been laid. Except by his older brother. I can only figure that inbreeding is why he is so stupid!!!

  • Adam

    He’s “concerned” that he’ll be out of a JOB soon!

    • Surath Giri


  • Ron_Paul_Fan

    Yes, administrations long ago illegally and
    unconstitutionally sold away your rights to the very organization that
    seeks a One World Government.

    The US is in quite the pickle while dealing with this issue.

    The 10th Amendment holds true regarding the rights of the States to legalize marijuana.

    The Supremacy Clause is not Constitutional and would not hold up with this
    debate. The majority opinion of Raich, the very case that the Gov.
    references, even cites the fact that Raich did not challenge the
    Constitutionality of the CSA (Controlled Substances Act).

    The States have every right to do as they please with regard to the legalization of drugs.

    Too bad that the Government signs treaties with the UN that restricts and revokes your freedoms.

    Read up on the: ‘1961 Single Convention On Narcotic Drugs’

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tammie-Duggan/705744197 Tammie Duggan

    Yans needs to understand that the US is a free nation and what the majority wants really does matter. Marijuana has the capacity to be a great cash crop and every farmers dream. Maybe Mr. Yans is uneducated concerning the benefits and various uses for marijuana not only for its recreational use by people but also for its agricultural applications and the products that can be made from the fiber. Wonder if Yans was sipping a glass of wine when he made his uneducated statement.

  • JD

    I love all these comments, lol, right on. Even as a Republican I have Libertarian leanings and I voted FOR 502 here in Washington. The UN is a failed bureaucracy: once votes on the much-vaunted Security Council can be bought & paid for secretly with oil vouchers from a proven tyrant, the organization’s initial goal of Collective Security has FAILED. Time to evict them from NY and start fresh — or don’t.

  • wiseman

    the people of the world want cannibis legallet it be written so let it be DONE GODS herb NOT GOVERNMENTS

  • vanis10

    plenty of OTHER things the UN should be concerned about! i also believe this is some inside job trying to put pressure back on the feds contra state law. The points brought up here are absolute bullshit btw, not your fathers weed?? well then if things are getting so out of control and THC %s are rising, shouldnt that be the best argument for legalization adn control????? jesus man. this is weak…

  • Amadeus Frison

    The UN can kiss my butt

  • kevin_hunt

    After the U.N. oil for food scandal, I see no reason to take them seriously.

    The U.N. is not taking my Red Ryder BB gun away, either.


  • Chopt Notz

    “Yans” obviously doesn’t understand that “international conventions” don’t apply to states in the first place since states are constitutionally forbidden from signing such treaties.

    Besides, on a national level, cannabis is still forbidden under federal law and therefore, no treaty is yet violated.

    Illuminati Brother “Yans” should think intelligently before he speaks next time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509270298 Kristen Adkins

    why should we give a shit about his concerns?

  • JJ Noway

    Yan can suck a dead dog dick!!!