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UN against recent states' votes for Marijuana
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/1...GV20141112

Quote:Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week.

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

"I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters.

Asked whether there was anything the UNODC could do about it, Fedotov said he would raise the problem next week with the U.S. State Department and other U.N. agencies.


Just FTR I am personally against the legalization of pot for recreational use. I think it's fine as a medicine just like any other drug used as a medicine.

That said, it is none of the UN's beeswax what our states choose to do. Didn't we fight against this sort of thing during the War for Independence?!
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What rational reason do you have to keep it illegal for recreational use? What good is coming of the boondoggle of the "war on drugs," and our insane incarceration rates for minor drug offenses?

I agree with you on the UN, though. I don't care what they think.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;156558 Wrote:What rational reason do you have to keep it illegal for recreational use? What good is coming of the boondoggle of the "war on drugs," and our insane incarceration rates for minor drug offenses?

I agree with you on the UN, though. I don't care what they think.

Justin

Just in my opinion....alcohol is legal and hundreds die each year as the result of drinking and driving. I don't see why we need another mind-altering chemical legal so that more people can die in wrecks.

On the other hand, hey...if the people in the state voted for it....that's their freedom to do. As long as anyone who kills someone else while under the influence is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The UN thing is a little scary...I hope we brush them off. I do find it interesting though how we don't mind the states having say over marijuana (which is fine for them to do) but are more strict about states' rights on other issues. Anyway...no matter WHAT the issue is, it is none of the UN's business, and we need to tell them so. Soldiers shed their blood so that we would not have to answer to any other government but our own.

As a side note, I imagine the newly legalized marijuana will be a wonderful tax boom for these states, similar to the highly taxed cigarette.
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Maybe soon pennsylvania will be added to the list. May be the only good thing to ever come from the Wolf administration.
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Mr_Gixxer;156561 Wrote:Maybe soon pennsylvania will be added to the list. May be the only good thing to ever come from the Wolf administration.


http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/02/04/s...e-tripled/

Quote:According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S.
“Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.
Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010.
Li reported in the study that alcohol contributed to about 40 percent of traffic fatalities throughout the decade.
The researchers found that drugs played an increasing role in fatal traffic accidents. Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999.
The researchers also found that marijuana was the main drug involved in the increase. It contributed to 12 percent of fatal crashes, compared to only 4 percent in 1999.

Because we all know legalizing it will suddenly prevent people from DUI..... Rolleyes
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Keeping it illegal obviously doesn't prevent DUI. The sins of others have no bearing on my life.

Maybe since other people massacre dozens of toddlers we shouldn't have ARs?

Justin
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Define "testing positive" for marijuana. It's not the same as being under the influence.
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....anyway I didn't really intend for this thread to become a discussion about the legalization of pot. It is what it is, per each state.

My main point was that we cannot let the UN poke it's nose into our business...and they are trying, as far as weaponry, and now state laws about pot, and likely other things as well.
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I agree.

Justin
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RugerGirl;156557 Wrote:http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/1...GV20141112

Just FTR I am personally against the legalization of pot for recreational use.

Wait, you're okay with your gov't stripping people of their freedoms as long as they don't listen to an outside organization when making these decisions? I know you didn't want this to be a discussion of your beliefs, but I'm having a hard time following the logic. Shrug

I personally don't smoke weed, but I feel if someone wants to no one should be able to stop them. Guns are heavily restricted in some states, and in some cases completely illegal, all because someone thought they should be. If you're okay with taking someone else's rights away, you can't complain when they come for yours.
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