The United Nations has issued a report warning the United States that marijuana legalization violates international law. The International Narcotics Control Board reports an “unprecedented surge” in “legal highs” in the United States and said that the US must take steps to crack down on both recreational marijuana and medicinal marijuana.
In its report, the INCB said, “In some US states, [legal marijuana programs] are being operated in a way that is completely inappropriate and outside of the treaties. They also undermine the humanitarian aims of the drug control system and are a threat to public health and wellbeing.”
INCB President Raymond Yans has spoken out strictly against marijuana in the US, calling medical marijuana “a back-door to legalization for recreational use.”
Other members of the UN, such as the Netherlands, have decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana. However, it seems as though different treaties are dictating that marijuana legalization is against international law for the United States.
This pressure from the UN comes at a time when the Obama Administration is preparing to announce its position on Colorado and Washington’s newly legalized marijuana systems.