UN Official Urges Feds to Challenge Pot Legalization
Anti-drug chief wants AG to keep it illegal
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 1:37 AM CST
Marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Voters in Washington state and Colorado have approved some of the world's most relaxed marijuana laws, and the chief of the UN drug watchdog agency isn't happy about it. Raymond Yans, head of the International Narcotics Control Board, tells the AP he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder "will take all the necessary measures" to keep marijuana use illegal in every state. The states, which voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use earlier this month, are bound for a legal showdown with federal authorities though not with Yans' agency, which has no enforcement ability.

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Nov 22, 2012 3:55 AM CST
My question is what possible reason Yans could have for this position. The linked article doesn't say, although it does add that he thinks it sends "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad." What message is that? That pot is incredibly useful, safe, non-addictive and natural? That it can provide a new revenue stream to governments with minimal downside? That trying to fight it costs a supreme fortune and kills people? Yeah, I can see why you wouldn't want to send that message. It is, after all, one hell of a compelling argument.
Nov 21, 2012 6:41 PM CST
I prefer a martini. But the question I have to ask is what the REAL cost is to America for our war on marijuana? And please include the cost of the offenders in prison, the policemans efforts and costs, the court system, the probation officers and all of the other mechanisms we have in place. Then I would ask has anyone done a REAL analysis of what the resultant would be if it was legalized? Would our society turn into sex crazed morns like the 1930 movies or would we simply all not give shit? This would be one plan the Democrats could take, to gain full control of the nation.
Nov 21, 2012 12:29 PM CST
If this is a health concern why dont they outlaw cigarettes and alcohol, Hmmmmm wellllll !!!!!!, so its not health what is it? ha ha ha you are nailed UN go hide under a rock now or go somewhere else, or start making sense you morons