Title

Canada Seems Ready to Break Three International Treaties to Legalize Cannabis

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

2-27-2018

Source Publication

Leafly

Description

With the legalization of recreational cannabis just around the corner, Canadians are talking a lot about sales and distribution, impaired driving, and the impact on children—but little has been said about international law.

If all goes according to the plan laid out by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Cannabis Act will place Canada in violation of three UN treaties. The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961), the Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971) and the Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (1988) all require countries to ban the possession and production of recreational cannabis.

Comments

Article is written by Randi Druzin with commentary by Prof. Steven Hoffman.

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