Canada's marijuana legalization plan flouts 3 UN drug conventions

'Canada cannot pick and choose which international laws to follow,' say authors in CMAJ commentary
CBC (Canada)
Monday, May 16, 2016

canada-cannabis-ottawaThe federal government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes Canada's adherence to the UN drug control conventions, according to a commentary in the CMAJ medical journal. Canada is legally obligated to follow three international treaties. "The federal government should immediately take proactive steps to seek a reservation to the marijuana provisions of these treaties and/or to initiate their renegotiation," write the authors. "If these diplomatic efforts fail, Canada must formally withdraw from these treaties to avoid undermining international law and compromising its global position." (See also: Will Canada violate international conventions if it legalizes pot? | Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties)