I keep getting sent this link, God knows why:
A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties.
The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on Washington, D.C., to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”
I mean, I’m sure that I don’t know why people might suggest that this would have ever been a topic of more than academic (undergrad) interest to me, ya, you betcha.
More seriously, I suspect that while the Feds are eventually going to go after the two states’ pot laws, it won’t be because of the UN. If for no other reason than the court cases would stretch out from here to the horizon*; and while it’d be great to see the ACLU link up with the NRA and HRW and Cato to leave burning bags of dog feces on the White House’s step, I suspect that the administration would like to have a somewhat peaceful second term, domestically speaking.
*We have a lot of UN treaties that don’t take into account the minor problem that there are limitations on what the federal government can tell state governments to actually do; to say nothing of the wrinkle that we can’t change the federal Constitution on a whim. Besides, in his own way Barack Obama isn’t really all that into the United Nations anyway. They don’t have anything that he really wants.