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shantibaba 03-18-2013 10:13 AM

United Nations’ pot hypocrisy Salon
 
United Nations’ pot hypocrisy
Salon
Friday, Mar 15, 2013
By David Sirota

Science says marijuana is safer than alcohol. So why is the U.N. trying to stop legalization laws?


A crowd of people all exhale marijuana simultaneously at the University of Colorado in
Boulder on April 20, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Mark Leffingwell)
The notion of alcohol consumers piously demanding that others stop using pot probably makes you think of the beer-swilling World War II generation berating weed-smoking hippies during the 1960s. Now, thanks to the United Nations, that caricature gets an update, and the hypocrisy is at once amusing and depressing.
You may have read the headline-grabbing news that in advance of its conference on drug policy this week, the U.N. issued a report urging the United States government to block Colorado and Washington state from moving forward with voter-approved laws that allow adult citizens to use marijuana as a less harmful alternative to alcohol. What you may not have heard is that on the very same day the U.N. released that report, U.S. ambassador Joseph Torsella slammed his U.N. colleagues for drinking too much on the job. Apparently, binging at the U.N. is so commonplace and excessive that it is hindering the organization from conducting its most basic work.
As hypocrisy humor goes, this is pretty funny. An international body immersed in one drug (alcohol) yet telling governments to outlaw an objectively less harmful drug (marijuana) is biting comedy. It hilariously exemplifies the double standards and contradictions that still define many global leaders’ views of drugs.
Yet before you laugh too hard, remember that it is actually a tragedy for members of the U.N. to be simultaneously drinking too much alcohol and too much anti-pot Kool-Aid. It is a tragedy because the blatant hypocrisy saps the organization’s credibility on the drug issue at a time when the world needs it to be supporting the international political momentum generated by Colorado and Washington state.
That reform momentum is now building as lawmakers in Mexico, Uruguay and Chile are citing the states’ votes as reason for their nations to consider legislation to legalize marijuana. Likewise, according to the Associated Press, presidents of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica called “for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the Colorado and Washington votes and said the United Nations’ General Assembly should hold a special session” to debate the continued prohibition of marijuana.
Their rationale is simple: Having seen their nations torn apart by the militarized fight against the drug cartels that rely on prohibition and its attendant black market, Latin American leaders see the Colorado and Washington victories as a way to finally start deescalating the blood-soaked war on marijuana.
“Everyone is asking, ‘What sense does it make to keep up such an intense confrontation, which has cost Mexico so much, by trying to keep this substance from going to a country where it’s already regulated and permitted?’” one Mexican lawmaker told Time magazine in describing a bill he is pushing that is modeled off the Washington state measure.
The flip side, of course, is that legalization could deal a serious blow to the cartels. That’s because, according to Mexico’s Institute for Competitiveness, up to a third of the cartels’ revenues come from the black-market marijuana trade — a trade that would be curtailed if cannabis was legalized and brought into the regulated economy. Meanwhile, if more American states follow Colorado and Washington, the cartels could “lose 24 percent of their gross export revenues,” says Alejandro Hope, a former top intelligence official in Mexico.
Put it all together — thousands dead in a failed drug war, a massive black market for marijuana, and science that says pot is safer than alcohol — and the U.N. should be using its pivotal position to help the world move away from destructive prohibitionist policies and toward legalization and strict regulation.
In order for it to play such a constructive role, though, the U.N. clearly needs to sober up — both literally and politically.

David Sirota is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, magazine journalist and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." E-mail him at ds@davidsirota.com, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at David Sirota Official Website.

Ref: United Nations’ pot hypocrisy - Salon.com

MarijuanaPiranha 03-18-2013 06:31 PM

What of bunch of hypocrites. Men, booze and politics are all part of the equation for oppression. So they try to deny us the use of cannabis in our private lives, but this is one of their responses about boozin it up after session:

Asked about drinking after the meetings, Churkin replied with a smile: "After is a private matter. We all have our private lives, don't we?"

U.N. diplomats get sobering warning about drinking - CNN.com

happydays 03-18-2013 08:23 PM

to pissed to understand
 
Eric Joyce MP arrested: fears over Parliament's drinking culture - Telegraph

happydays 03-18-2013 08:27 PM

and the year before
 
Eric Joyce fined £3,000 for assault in House of Commons bar | Politics | The Guardian,

johnpeace 03-18-2013 08:35 PM

He is an ex major in the army hates torys and doesnt take any shit .he still has his combat boots on.....us and them...

happydays 03-18-2013 08:41 PM

bully pisshead more apt

happydays 03-18-2013 08:42 PM

and get's paid for it,


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