Opposition Parties Question Why Liberals Did Not Act Sooner On UN Drug Treaties

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OTTAWA -- Opposition parties are asking why the Liberal government did not consider sooner how to deal with three United Nations drug treaties after they learned Thursday the issue is only expected to go before the cabinet this fall.

Officials in Global Affairs Canada have been reviewing options available to cabinet on how to deal with the treaties -- the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances -- given the government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

The treaties, which require cannabis be outlawed, were flagged as an issue long ago, Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole said, adding the question should be put to Parliament before cabinet makes a final call.