Canada faces choice on international drug treaties over legalized pot

Legalizing pot will violate international treaties. What should Canada do?
CBC (Canada)
Monday, October 3, 2016

canada-ottawa-cannabisAs Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do about the global treaties Canada has signed that prohibit making pot legal? A senior government official said there are essentially two options available. On the one hand, Canada could take a "principled stand" in favour of the international legalization of pot. The other, quieter approach, would be to withdraw from the treaties and attempt to re-enter with a special exemption for legalized marijuana. (See also: Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties)