UN Drug Bureaucrats Fret About Uruguay's Marijuana Legalization

UN Drug Bureaucrats Fret About Uruguay's Marijuana Legalization

Uruguay is blowing off the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) as it prepares to become the first country to legalize marijuana commerce, and the INCB is “concerned.” The South American nation failed to send a delegation to Vienna to listen to the INCB complain about its plans.

“The INCB has noted with concern that the Government of Uruguay was unable to send a delegation to the just concluded INCB session to discuss the status of the country’s compliance with the international drug control conventions,” the global anti-drug bureaucrats complained.

INCB President Raymond Yans is "concerned" about Uruguay (incb.org)

INCB President Raymond Yans is “concerned” about Uruguay (incb.org)

The INCB is also “very concerned that the draft legislation currently being considered in Uruguay would, if adopted, legalize production, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.”

“This would be in contravention of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which has been adopted by 186 countries, including Uruguay,” said INCB President Raymond Yans.

“Cannabis is controlled due to its dependence-producing potential, and the current development in Uruguay, if pursued, would have serious repercussions for public health, particularly for youth, and would be in violation of the United Nations international drug control treaties.”

Uruguay’s marijuana legalization bill, backed by President Jose Mujica, has already passed the lower house of parliament and is set for a vote soon in the upper house.

Since the governing party has majorities in both houses, passage is seen as extremely likely.

The INCB complained earlier this year when the bill passed the lower house, but that has not deterred Uruguay from moving forward. Neither will this latest volley from Geneva, but the INCB refuses to give up.

“The INCB looks forward to Uruguay resuming its dialogue with the Board at the earliest possible opportunity, prior to further consideration of the draft legislation in the country,” Yans said hopefully.

  • Hardrock1a

    Uruguay to the INCB … “Stuff the cannabis provisions up your A&&es, we’re going to do this the way WE want!” GREAT for them!!

    • Albert Broman

      I just wish Argentina would do this too. Come on Christina, get with it.

  • Ricky

    Screw the INCB. Go Uruguay!

  • Godshelper Fourtwenty

    This is great stuff, the INCB is upset..INCB just does not get it the INCB days are done the war is over the truth is out when it comes to Cannabis & Hemp move on. The Jennie is OUT of the bottle…The ship has set sail…The fat lady is starting to sing…etc.

  • wowFAD

    From the United Nations Regional Information Centre :

    “M. Raymond Yans is known, amongst other things, for his fight against the gradual normalization of drugs in Europe (especially in Belgium). He calls for a greater support of prevention policies, more specifically of those against the extensive use of cannabis by young people. He reminds that cannabis is a true Russian roulette, as its effects can be innocuous on one person and dangerous on another, and recommends to authorities to increase their efforts to prevent the first use of drugs. He asks officials, teachers and parents not to give up in the face of the growing trivialization of cannabis.”

    Yans is the UN’s version of Kevin Sabet: a career liar.

    He’s simply frightened the drug war will collapse on his watch and he’ll lose his job. Well, it has to end on *someone’s* watch, so it might as well be his.

    I commend Uruguay for giving Yans the diplomatic equivalent of the finger. Yans is one of only a few remaining throwbacks from the Reagan years of the drug war who need to fade into obscurity, sooner rather than later.

  • Mike

    Just get over it, Yans. No one is more out of touch with reality than you.

  • pgeller

    I fail to see how the INCB can fault Uruguay considering they’re using a lie about cannabis ‘dependence’ as their argument…..

  • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

    The South American nation failed to send a delegation to Vienna to listen to the INCB complain about its plans.”

    Rewrite: The South American nation succeeded in not succumbing to extortion by INCB blackmail about its plans.

  • malcolmkyle

    Jans looks like a hard-core alcoholic.

    Prohibition has (again) evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted or untouched by the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow human beings. They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets. We will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity.

    Those responsible for this shameful policy—parasitic prohibitionists like the INCB—should not go unpunished!

  • Mike

    Mr. Yans can’t keep from lying…it’s his only hope to keep the war on marijuana going.

    From INCB statement after passage of the Uruguayan legalization law:
    “Smoking cannabis is more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco.”
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/11/uruguay-violating-treaties-by-legalizing-marijuana-un-agency-says

    Absolutely false, Mr. Yans. Totally and completely BS.

  • lex

    oh no! the un is angry, maby they will send a angry letter, oh the horror