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UN Agency Pissed Off That Uruguay Legalized Marijuana

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Here comes the backlash: one day after Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana, a United Nations drug control agency issued a press release condemning the country's decision.

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The agency, the International Narcotics Control Board, is an independent and quasi-judicial body of the UN. It was established in 1968, in the wake of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty, to serve a primarily advisory role to countries. For instance, it has been charged with identifying "the weaknesses in national and international [illicit drug] control systems and contribut[ing] to correcting such situations." So naturally, the organization remains steadfastly opposed to drug legalization, including marijuana.

From the INCB's 2002 annual report:

States have a moral and legal responsibility to protect drug abusers from further self-destruction. States should not give up and allow advocates of legalization to take control of their national drug policies. Governments should not be intimidated by a vocal minority that wants to legalize illicit drug use. Governments must respect the view of the majority of lawful citizens; and those citizens are against illicit drug use.

In response to Uruguay's decision, the INCB expressed "regret" and "surprise" that Uruguay's leaders would go against the international treaty they are a part of – and that they would not take up the organization's calls for a "dialogue" before passing the law.

The INCB explained why it still opposes efforts to legalize marijuana anywhere. According to its president, Raymond Yans, marijuana poses serious health consequences, including addiction:

The decision of the Uruguayan legislature fails to consider its negative impacts on health since scientific studies confirm that cannabis is an addictive substance with serious consequences for people's health. Cannabis… may also affect some fundamental brain functions, IQ potential, and academic and job performance and impair driving skills.

Additionally, the INCB expressed its doubt that legalization could reduce drug-related crime. The organization claims the theory is based "on rather precarious and unsubstantiated assumptions."

Uruguay's leaders have not yet commented on the INCB's criticism.

Another of the UN's drug control bodies, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which offers advisory and financial assistance to countries' prohibition efforts, also criticized Uruguay's new law. "It is unfortunate that, at a time when the world is engaged in an ongoing discussion on the world drug problem, Uruguay has acted ahead of the special session of the UN General Assembly planned for 2016," said the drug office's spokesman, David Hodge.

Under the legalization bill, which President Mujica championed, the government will grow marijuana, distribute it to licensed pharmacies, and impose a roughly $1/gram price cap. Adults will be allowed to buy up to 40 grams (about 1.4 ounces) each month. The bill also allows home cultivation of up to six plants. Uruguay's drug control agency has until mid-April to write regulations for the new system.

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  1. Governments must respect the view of the majority of lawful citizens; and those citizens are against illicit drug use.

    There’s some nice circular logic.

    1. Of course, a “lawful” citizen is someone who is entitled to be a citizen of a given country.

      A “law-abiding” citizen is something else.

      As long as the lawful citizens of a country approve of legalization, then according to these limpwristed drug warriors, government must respect their views.

    2. Here was my favorite part:

      States have a moral and legal responsibility to protect drug abusers from further self-destruction.

      Even if I accept that as true–and I sure as hell don’t–that does not mean the best way to do that is to form a police state, shoot dogs, and throw people in jail.

  2. Hilarious. Fuck the UN.

  3. So the United Nations is to blame for the global war on reefer. Interesting.

  4. The decision of the Uruguayan legislature fails to consider its negative impacts on health since scientific studies confirm that cannabis is an addictive substance with serious consequences for people’s health.

    And we know their decision failed to consider that because their decision is one with which we disagree.

  5. Considering the UN membership rooster that’s some serious hypocrisy right there.

  6. Because it can’t be said enough: Fuck the UN.

  7. Is there anyone who actually gives a rat’s ass what the UN says?

    1. The secretary general – they pay his salary.

  8. The funniest part –

    “Governments should not be intimidated by a vocal minority that wants to legalize illicit drug use. Governments must respect the view of the majority of lawful citizens; and those citizens are against illicit drug use”

    The Majority voted for it! Of course an organization designed to prove drugs are evil would do just that, that is like expecting a group of Coca-Cola scientists to admit Pepsi taste better.

    1. “Governments should not be intimidated by a vocal minority that wants to legalize race mixing. Governments must respect the view of the majority of lawful citizens; and those citizens are against illicit race mixing”

      .

  9. “We are really disappointed that you’re showing some independence, Uruguay.” — The UN

    Just in case you had any doubts that the UN really does want to be a super-government, you know.

  10. Do an image search on Uruguay + marijuana and the demonstrations they held look like the Arab Spring.

    We should do something like that.

    Oh, and the UN condemning Uruguay for legalization, doesn’t that make it more likely that Argentina will follow suit?

    I can see how a lot of Argentinians who were sitting on the fence might think, “Well, if the UN is against legalization, then it can’t be all bad”.

    1. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa… Argentina do something that makes economic sense? I’m not so sure about that one.

      1. Just to piss off the UN?

        Why not!

        1. It might help their economy.
          That’s not the Argie way.

  11. “States have a moral and legal responsibility to protect drug abusers from further self-destruction”

    Following that to it’s logical conclusion results in euthanizing all people at birth to keep them safe from what might happen if they have any spark of life at all.

    1. … yes, let us save them from themselves by throwing them in cages and denying them the means to earn a living. Let us build them up by stigmatizing them as felons.

      Please tell me these assholes are in New York. I might be able to make a road trip and go punch one of them in the face. With a mailed fist… and a mace.

      1. Well, the HQ building is there.

  12. You know who else pissed off the U.N.?

    1. Isreal, by daring to exist.

  13. Uruguay’s leaders have not yet commented on the INCB’s criticism.

    They ought to just ignore them. There’s few things that pisses off UN bureaucrats more than being ignored. They yearn to feel special and important, ignoring them exposes just how worthless and impotent they really are. Basically they’re kind of like internet trolls. Ignoring them won’t make them go away, but it fills them impotent rage as they figuratively scream at the walls.

    1. “Why would we care that the INCB thinks?” Even better than ignoring them, imo.

  14. The INCB explained why it still opposes efforts to legalize marijuana anywhere. According to its president, Raymond Yans, marijuana poses serious health consequences, including addiction:

    I wonder what his stance is on alcohol…

    1. He prefers to be sitting down when he uses drinking alcohol.

  15. Oh no! Se?or Mujica has made the United Nations very, very angry!! Now they’re going to write him a letter telling him that he has made them very, very angry!!! I hope that Se?or Mujica is ready for a visit from Hans Blix!!!!

    You know, the reason why nobody knows that cannabis is legal in North Korea is because Kim Jong-il was a guy that knew how to deal with the U.N. I can prove it because we have video!

    Caution! Naughty words:—– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TEvacFETvM

  16. With any luck, the Uruguayan Army will escort all UN and American drug interdiction specialists to the airport and deport them.

  17. The U.N. is pissed off? Ooh, scary. Uruguay is so going down.

  18. All of the crap going on in the world today and this is what their focusing on? Fuck the UN

  19. Here we go with the bureaucrats again! Fuck me. Where’s Light Yagami when you need him?

  20. Raymond Yans is a “Callous United Nations Terrorist”.
    The UN is the most violent criminal organization in the world.
    They have deliberatley created the global criminal drug trade in order to fund crime and terrorism. Their aim is to prevent democracy and enrich the Military Industrial Complex.
    They are criminals of the highest order and need to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

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