Russia Says Canadian Cannabis Legalization Breaks International Law

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Russia is calling on other G-7 nations to voice concern for Canada’s “high-handedness” following its decision to legalize recreational cannabis.

Russia has issued an official statement accusing Canada of breaking international legal obligations by legalizing recreational cannabis. The country is calling on the other G-7 nations to respond.

The international agreements that Russian officials are referring to include the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and, most recently, the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.

The agreements were created to reduce the global supply, consumption, and sale of illegal drugs. As Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs points out, these agreements require that its signatories ban the use of specified drugs like cannabis, other than for medical or scientific ends.

Canada’s legislation legalizing the consumption and sale of recreational cannabis was given royal assent on June 21st, and will officially become law on October 17th. Canada will be the first G-7 member nation to legalize recreational cannabis, and the second country in the world to do so, next to Uruguay.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 4, 2018: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting with Jordan’s Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Hussein Abdullah Al Safadi at the Reception House of Russia’s Foreign Ministry. (Photo by Alexander ShcherbakTASS via Getty Images)

The Ministry’s statement goes on to condemn “the global drug evil” and calls Canada’s legalization of cannabis a “serious obstacle on the way to the strategic goal set by the world community—building a drug-free society.”

In many countries around the world, support for cannabis continues to grow.

In Canada, a recent survey by Dalhousie University in Halifax found that support for legalization was as high as 68 percent among Canadians. Other G-7 nations like the United States and Germany have also relaxed their cannabis laws in recent years. One Gallup poll in the United States, where nine states have legalized the recreational sale and consumption of cannabis, found that 64 percent of Americans favor cannabis legalization.

In Germany, the Association of German Criminal Officers recently called for the decriminalization of cannabis. One 2016 poll in France found that more people support the legalization of cannabis than oppose it. Even a candidate for Russia’s 2018 presidential elections ran on a platform that included the legalization of cannabis.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that having legal recreational cannabis keeps it away from children and derails organized crime. But not everyone is convinced, and Russia hasn’t been the only condemning voice on the international stage. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently issued a statement saying it “regrets” Canada’s decision to legalize recreational cannabis. In March, the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board issued a report warning its members to keep recreational cannabis illegal.

  • nikto

    OK, now Putin has finally pissed me off.

    I’m not sure how much Russia actually swayed any of our elections.
    I still need to see more conrete proof of that, before I buy-in,

    But this is a travesty!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suck it, Vladimir!!

  • Patricia Silverman

    he is just stirring up trouble he really does not care

  • I think that is highly unlikely. The illicit drug trade is used to finance military spending all over the planet. It always comes back to money. Money is the motivation and the means. Whether it is global warfare, the War on Terrorism, the War on Drugs, Corporate infighting or the daily grind of the endless competitions between every person on the planet and every other person who participates in the monetary market economy, money is the motivation and the means of violence. Humanity will never know Peace until we learn to move beyond money.

    Why should anyone care if you pick a few leaves from a weed, roll it into a joint and smoke it and maybe share it with a friend? What harm are you doing to anyone? The culture of violence is nearly universal. As human beings, we are only allowed to experience life between the cracks of modern finance, cracks that are rapidly being closed down and sealed as quickly as possible by those who think they stand to profit the most. The terrible irony is that the money market economy is a death trap for us all, rich and poor alike. The leaders of today of any nationality are the leaders and promoters of this violence regardless of their national affiliation. Like Money, Nations are a figment of the human imagination that one or more individuals use to impose their will on other individuals through cultural indoctrination.

    Perhaps if we survive this time in human history, we will look back on these times as the times of the Great Culture Wars, when we fought one another over the shows going on ‘between our ears’. If we eventually become wise enough to discriminate between the real and the unreal, we may eventually rediscover the paradise our Earth has provided for us.

  • Patricia Silverman

    you have been brain washed go back and look at the way the opiate trade was protected to ensure profits it all follows from there the elites want to control the means by which we get pain free, the problem is that the free market no longer exists, it is control by those who got to much money before the rest of us and they decided to run the country, go look and see for your self

  • mmckinley

    I suggest you go back and reread Gary Kent’s wise statement. I may be mistaken, but I suspect you are more in agreement than you realize. “The illicit drug trade is used to finance military spending all over the planet.” It can do so precisely because it is illicit, which creates huge profits for the monopoly gangsters (capitalist oligarchs) who run this system because of the restrictions on supply illegality makes possible. Putin the billionaire is oligarch-in-chief of Russia. Donald Trump the would-be billionaire is oligarch-in-waiting of the USA. That is why he admires Putin. Trump is Putin’s protege, and learning quickly how to suck wealth out of the Treasury and consolidate power. Russia with its gangster oligarchs is our future, and the perfect picture of end-stage capitalism—monopolistic, corrupt, despotic, and malevolently destructive.

  • Patricia Silverman

    guessed you missed when Putin kicked the illuminate out of Russia and your claim for trump is a democratic lie go do your research also

  • ignasi

    The entire pharmaceutical industry exceeds in addictive narcotics and psychotropics.
    Cannabis cures diseases at very low costs that would ruin the pharmaceutical industry.
    Applause to the government of Canada.

  • nikto

    I don’t really see a big disagreement between your post and Gary Kent’s. Betweren the 2 of you, I think you’ve got this figured out quite well.

    The corporate powers-that-be control the drug trade, and use it for their sinister goals. It’s all connected.

    You are BOTH correct, IMO.

  • Guest

    It’s the World Oligarchs trying to work together to keep power and control over the slaves. We must stop them, but were to divided and it plays into their hands