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UN Demands Obama Smash State Marijuana Legalization

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In a move likely to further alienate the already unpopular United Nations from the American people, a top official with the global body put his ignorance about the U.S. constitutional system on full display by calling on the Obama administration to lawlessly quash recent marijuana legalization initiatives in Washington State and Colorado. Voters in both states approved the decriminalization of the controversial plant on November 6, nullifying unconstitutional federal statutes and a dubious UN narcotics agreement at the heart of the global “war on drugs.” 

While the international organization obviously has no power to enforce its dictates, UN “International Narcotics Control Board” (INCB) boss Raymond Yans said he hoped disgraced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would ignore state laws, the U.S. Constitution, and the will of voters by “challenging” the successful referendums. Similarly, a coalition of former federal “drug warriors,” citing UN agreements, called on Obama to speak out against the legalization measures before they were adopted by the electorate. The administration, meanwhile, has suggested that it would continue to enforce unconstitutional federal statutes in those states despite the nullification measures.

“These developments are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states,” the UN’s Yans alleged. Despite the half-baked assertions, the 50-year-old UN agreement cited by the global drug boss, known as the “Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs,” does not actually purport to require the criminalization of drug possession, according to experts worldwide.

Even if it did, however, the federal government cannot legitimately expand its own powers beyond constitutional limits simply by signing on to UN agreements or making treaties. The U.S. Constitution, of course, does not give the central government any authority to regulate or control any substances. So, like with alcohol prohibition, granting the U.S. government power over drug policy would require a properly ratified constitutional amendment. Otherwise, narcotics issues, under the Tenth Amendment, are constitutionally in the realm of states or the people.

Still, the well-paid Belgian advocate of global governance and planetary prohibition said he was hopeful that Attorney General Holder “will take all the necessary measures” to continue the unconstitutional policy of prohibition in both states. Holder’s Justice Department, of course, was exposed trafficking heavy weaponry to Mexican drug cartels as part of Operation Fast and Furious while laundering narcotics money through the DEA. What measures the UN drug czar might be advocating was not immediately clear, though analysts suspect Yans was calling on the disgraced federal official to ignore the U.S. Constitution — a very serious matter.

Voters approving legalization of marijuana, Yans claimed in an attempt justify his arguments in an interview with the Associated Press, sends “a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.” The UN INCB, though, seemed confident that Obama would obey the outlandish dictates of the self-styled international drug czar.

“Mr. Yans recognized the commitment of the Government of the United States to resolve the contradiction between the federal and state levels in the implementation of that country’s obligations under the drug control conventions,” the dubious outfit said in a press release issued on November 15. “The INCB President requested the Government of the United States to take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties within the entire territory of the United States.”

All across the political spectrum, critics blasted and ridiculed the UN drug boss’ ignorance, not to mention the audacity displayed by an unelected international bureaucrat trying to meddle in the internal affairs of state governments while blatantly disregarding the will of voters. Some commentators even said Yans’ remarks were just one more reason among many to altogether abolish the controversial global organization, known as a “dictators club” among detractors. Other analysts, ironically, perhaps, blasted prohibition partly because of its association with the disgraced global entity, famous for sex scandals and rape among its troops, mass killings of civilians, and support for brutal dictatorships.   

The UN INCB, which in its latest press release styles itself “the quasi-judicial body charged with monitoring the implementation of the international drug control conventions by Governments,” also expressed “grave concern” about voters in U.S. states and cities deciding to abandon marijuana prohibition. The same statement went on to claim that the unconstitutional global conventions “must be universally adhered to and implemented by all States.”

According to Yans, that means national laws, policies, and practices related to drugs purportedly regulated by the UN must be “fully aligned” with the global entity’s demands. Incredibly, apparently oblivious to the principles of American federalism, the UN drug czar also claimed that national governments have an “obligation” to “ensure their full compliance” within their entire territory, “including federated states” or provinces. How to deal with sovereign states and voters that refuse to fully comply was not specified, let alone the increasing use of jury nullification to void prohibition.

“Legalization of cannabis within these states would send wrong and confusing signals to youth and society in general, giving the false impression that drug abuse might be considered normal and even, most disturbingly, safe,” Yans complained in a press release, despite the fact virtually all advocates of legalization have explicitly stated that decriminalizing marijuana is not an endorsement of the plant itself. “Such a development could result in the expansion of drug abuse, especially among young people, and we must remember that all young people have a right to be protected from drug abuse and drug dependency.”

Of course, left unmentioned was the fact that studies in countries such as Portugal that have decriminalized all drugs show conclusively that drug abuse actually plummeted after legalization. Also conveniently ignored by the UN drug czar, whose bloated tax-funded salary depends on prohibition, are the rates of marijuana use among the youth in the Netherlands, where cannabis is essentially legal, compared to the United States. According to a 2009 U.S. National Institutes of Health study that examined the issue, for example, “marijuana use rates did not differ across countries;” findings that clearly contradict the drug czar’s claims.

Yans also admitted that despite the global prohibition regime, since it was adopted in the early 1960s, very strong forms of marijuana have appeared on the market. Drug abuse, meanwhile, has been on the rise globally as well, with the notable exception of countries such as Portugal where drugs have been decriminalized.

However, across the political spectrum, from conservative Christians like Pat Robertson, Sarah Palin, and Ron Paul to big government-promoting secularists like Rep. Barney Frank, opposition to marijuana prohibition continues to mount. Polls show most Americans now favor decriminalizing cannabis, too. And as constitutional scholars have long pointed out, Washington, D.C., has absolutely no authority to intervene in state drug policy — much less the UN, alternatively seen as a laughing stock or an illegitimate threat to freedom and national sovereignty

Incredibly, despite publicly admitting that he has consumed marijuana and other illegal substances, President Obama has been even more vicious in his prosecution of the unconstitutional drug war than the George W. Bush administration. In addition to lawlessly persecuting the medical marijuana industry in the more than 16 states that have nullified bogus federal statutes, the current administration has been widely condemned for bullying some Latin American governments now openly advocating drug legalization into continuing prohibition.

Top political leaders across the hemisphere have started openly complaining about the monetary costs and the death toll associated with the drug war, as well as the massive profits prohibited substances yield for ruthless criminal cartels. Obama, however, dispatched high-ranking officials to send a clear message to Latin American political leaders: Keep waging the war as instructed, or face the consequences.

“The drug war justifies all kinds of aggressive US foreign policies in the region, supporting repressive governments and para-militaries, while allowing the prohibitionist policies to deepen the black market in drugs and embolden violent drug gangs,” explained John Glaser with antiwar.com in a piece about the UN drug chief’s comments. Well over $1 trillion American taxpayer dollars have been consumed by the drug war, not to mention hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide, possibly more.

Of course, this is not the first time that self-styled international “authorities” have attempted to meddle in the internal affairs of American states. UN “Human Rights” boss Navi Pillay, for example, criticized Florida laws protecting the human right to self-defense while blasting the alleged lack of an investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Federal, state, and local investigations were already ongoing, but the misnamed UN “Human Rights” body, which includes some of the most barbaric dictatorships on earth as members, was apparently not very well informed. UN-linked “election monitors” purporting to have the authority to “observe” U.S. elections sparked a national scandal this year, too, with some states threatening to arrest them.  

While it may be constitutionally legitimate for state governments to regulate or prohibit drugs — and there are, of course, very real concerns about problems associated with narcotics — the Obama administration has no lawful authority to intervene. Voters in Colorado and Washington, then, are perfectly justified in nullifying lawless federal statutes that go outside of constitutional limits. The UN’s effort to get involved, however, has been widely perceived as crossing a line in the sand, leading to renewed calls for the U.S. to defund and withdraw from the global body immediately.  

Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is currently based in Europe. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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9 comments

  • Comment Link John Doran Saturday, 24 November 2012 08:30 posted by John Doran

    Mr Wildman terms the UN Drug Czar's recent statements absurd.
    They are not absurd if viewed within the context of UN Agenda 21.
    Under the cloak of "Sustainable Development" for this 21st century, this Agenda has the following aims, among others:

    1) To cut world population down to a sustainable level, approx 5.5 billion people are deemed as surplus to requirements, so the large numbers of deaths involved in the drugs trade,both among warring cartels & their customers are, from a UN point of view, useful.

    2) To equalize wealth between 1st & 3rd worlds.
    This involves the impoverishment of the 1st world & the enrichment to parity of the 3rd.
    Thus we see the US, EU & UK deeply in debt, & borrowing money to give to 3rd world dictators. The $1 Trillion is ~1/15th of present US National Debt.

    Google UN Agenda 21, & research it. This project has been under way since 1992, when George Bush Snr signed it at the Rio Earth Summit, proclaiming it "A New World Order".
    Bill Clinton signed it in 1993, & in the last 20 years the EPA have "nationalized" ie stolen
    approx 50% of US land.

    Alabama started the fightback in June of this year, banning UN Agenda 21.
    Other states, counties & cities are following suit.

    We live in interesting times.

    :)

    JD.

  • Comment Link DONALD W Thursday, 22 November 2012 15:39 posted by DONALD W

    The Author statistics seems very bias.

  • Comment Link Ross Wolf Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:24 posted by Ross Wolf

    States that assert State rights—say no to the UN—threaten the UN’s ability to influence and implement U.S. policies that conflict with and damage our Constitution, such as UN’s deceptive Agenda 21. The UN is a Vampire trying to suck the strength out of America: when American assert their State Rights in the face of the UN, the UN shrinks in horror. Overall the UN threatens the national security of Americans.

  • Comment Link Mark Eaves Thursday, 22 November 2012 08:31 posted by Mark Eaves

    Now you know who's controlling international drug trafficking.

  • Comment Link Ethan Thursday, 22 November 2012 03:53 posted by Ethan

    When are people going to wake-up that most, if not all poly-ticks, especially the high levels are bought by the international banking cabal?

    When will people be serious about studying the roots of the true criminals: who they truly are and what is their goal?

    Hint: they are the Zionists Jews, the Freemasons, and the Catholic Jesuits, and they flaunt openly to the world of who they worship through the media. Their God is Lucifer, aka Satan. Their goal a one world totalitarian government, one world currency (Mark of the Beast), and one world religion, all under the full control, and guidance of their devil god.

    This is the truth about the world we live in, and the U.N. is a major front organization owned by the Luciferian elites to push for their world government. Obama is just another high-level puppet mason (registered to Lodge #7) groomed from childhood as one of the front man in this multi-generational long satanic conspiracy.

    All truths always leads to Jesus Christ. Save the best for last, because Jesus will return at the end of all this! The God and his true followers who are persecuted the most, is the true and living God.
    Amen

  • Comment Link Jane Scroggins Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:36 posted by Jane Scroggins

    Whether you are for or against pot, it is none of the UN's business! Past time to tell them to butt out!
    Why is anyone listening to them?

  • Comment Link Ed Wildman Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:48 posted by Ed Wildman

    Thanks to Alex Newman and The New American for this excellent article. While I disagree with a number of your website's positions on issues such as same-sex marriage, and for most of my life have thought of myself as a liberal, I found the article one of the best statements of what is wrong with drug prohibition I have read in a long time. Mr. Newman did an excellent job of presenting a true conservative/libertarian position on drug prohibition and the absurdity of the UN Drug Czar's recent statements. Certainly a lot of big talk from an organization that can't even keep countries like Syria from slaughtering its own citizens by the thousands. I will be sure to refer my liberal friends to this article as an example of true conservative thinking.

  • Comment Link Terrance Ferebee Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:41 posted by Terrance Ferebee

    What you put into your body is your business when that injection does not violates another person, such as higher insurance rates, intoxicated behavior such as assaults, DUI, etc. What the hell is the UN doing - maybe the planes should have hit the Rockefeller's U.N. building

  • Comment Link Joe Wright Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:12 posted by Joe Wright

    This article says: "So, like with alcohol prohibition, granting the U.S. government power over drug policy would require a properly ratified constitutional amendment. "

    How blatantly untrue can you get? A law that violates my inalienable rights is invalid on the face of it. A change in the Constitution like this, OR a State law would be as legitimate as a law that re-instituted slavery.

    What ever I decide to put into my body is clearly an inalienable right regardless of Constitutional changes or State or local law.

    Why can't even those in the Liberty movement get basic things like this right?

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