Would you be surprised to know that another study has backed the positive effects of cannabis? At this point, I doubt it. But what is surprising, is that it isn’t a study of medicine. It was a study of international law.
The final nail in the prohibition coffin
The only bullet left in the gun of warmongers against personal liberty has been the United Nations treaty on controlled substances. I mean, we can’t just break a treaty. That would be un-American, right? See history for a laugh at that.
What if the treaty had a loophole? All other government documents seem to have them, especially tax laws for the rich. Well, a study by Radboud University in the Netherlands just found it, and it is big enough to drive a parade float through.
Why we have to legalize cannabis
The study is the result of research by Legal scholars Piet Hein van Kempen and Masha Fedorova of Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
According to the findings, if a regulated legalization of recreational cannabis cultivation and trade were to protect human rights more effectively than a total ban on the drug, then by international law, human rights trump the U.N. Drug Conventions.
As the current Conventions do not allow for a regulated recreational market, to safeguard people from the dangers of harsh laws and inhumane sentences, then the treaty is null and void from the standpoint of the foundations of the United Nations core principles of protecting people.
The 5 conditions
- This must be in the interest of the protection of human rights
- The state must demonstrate that the regulated legalization of the cultivation and trade of cannabis will result in more effective protection of human rights
- The decision regarding such regulation must have public support and must be decided through the nationwide democratic process
- There must be a closed system so that foreign countries are not disadvantaged in any way by this measure
- The state is required to actively discourage cannabis use
If a state or nation meets these requirements, then under international law it is permissible to give priority to human rights obligations over the treaty obligations set forth by the U.N Drug Conventions.
What this means for countries worldwide
This November seems ideal to me personally, as it is already election year in the United States. To deny this claim is to violate the spirit of human rights protections specifically established in the founding of the United Nations charter.
With American support already at an all-time high, and both Canada and Mexico planning to go ahead and legalize cannabis, we can change the face of the planet with this rallying cry… And that, my fellow cannabis lovers, is checkmate.
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