Canada’s new Liberal government announced on Tuesday (which happens to be 420) that it plans to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 that will legalize recreational marijuana on national level, no specific details were released.
The Health Minister of Canada, Jane Philpott, made the announcement to the UN General Assembly in New York. She stated that “We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,”
Canada’s legalization of marijuana contradicts three international conventions that criminalize the possession and production of marijuana. As a result of Canada’s participation in these conventions, they must find a way to alter their obligations under these conventions to the international community.
By explaining adequately how the legalization of cannabis will reduce crime rates and the usage of other illicit drugs Canada may be able to comply with the three conventions in question.
The announcement has been made among a growing cry from the international community, particularly Latin American nations, to alter the current methods of drug prohibition.
A report by the London School of Economics has called for the War on Drugs to be abandoned, instead calling for a focus on global development to combat drug problems.
A letter was recently sent to the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, asking him to begin the “process of making real and effective changes to global drug policy”. The letter was signed by over 1,000 distinguished individuals, including Bernie Sanders, DJ Khaled, Woody Harrelson, and two former presidents of Mexico.