Since legalizing pot would violate UN laws, experts say it’s time for Canada to pull out of drug treaties

Since legalizing pot would violate UN laws, experts say it’s time for Canada to pull out of drug treaties

The Liberal government’s vow to legalize pot is a flagrant violation of international drug laws, a global health law expert says — making it an ideal time to either renegotiate international drug-control treaties or pull out of them altogether, he suggests.In a commentary in this week’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, the University of Ottawa’s Steven Hoffman says efforts to depenalize, decriminalize and legalize marijuana can be good for public health, “if done right.”However, the Liberal government’s pot bill, expected to be introduced next spring, would almost certainly run up against three United Nations treaties requiring marijuana possession to remain a criminal offense, and that Canada, as a signatory, is legally obliged to follow, writes Hoffman, director of the U of O’s Global Strategy Lab and associate professor of law.

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