President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have recently been receiving a lot of pressure from lawmakers to remove marijuana from its classification as a dangerous narcotic. In a letter signed by 18 members of Congress last week, the President was encouraged to instruct Holder to “delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way, at the very least eliminating it from Schedule I or II.”
In this video taped in 2004, President Obama said publicly that he believed the War on Drugs had been a failure and that he believed the American government needed to rethink and decriminalize marijuana.
The American public is also aware of Barack’s pot smoking days when he was part of the Choom Gang in Hawaii. In this video, the President even admitted to inhaling frequently as a young kid.
So why is it that after over 5 years in office, President Obama has yet to move forward and decriminalize marijuana? It’s not because most Americans are not in support of it. As shown in this NBC poll, most Americans want to legalize marijuana. It’s also not because President Obama can’t do it through executive order. He has already implemented nearly 200 executive orders since his presidency began. So who is stopping our President especially during a time when Americans are moving to Colorado to get access to the plant in order to improve their health? The answer is most likely linked to a treaty that the United States made with the United Nations over 50 years ago.
The treaty is called the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 and most Americans are unaware of its existence. On page 3 of the document, it classifies “Cannabis and Cannabis Resin and Extracts and Tinctures of Cannabis” as a narcotic drug. In 1971, the treaty was amended by the United Nations and in that same year President Nixon declared the War on Drugs and characterized the abuse of illicit substances as “public enemy number one in the United States.”
Was it coincidence that Nixon declared the War on Drugs the same year that the treaty was amended? Definitely not. The amendment to the treaty included a provision that stated that “a Party prohibiting cultivation of the opium poppy or the cannabis plant shall take appropriate measures to seize any plants illicitly cultivated and destroy them, except for small quantities required by the Party for scientific and research purposes.” In effect, the amendment required the United States to enforce the laws on their books against the cultivation of marijuana.
In George Washington’s farewell speech, he warned Americans against the establishment of “permanent alliances with other countries,” connections that he warned would inevitably be subversive of America’s national interest. Is it time for Americans to once again heed his warning?
The United Nations officially came into existence in 1945 and the American public was told that it was going to be a vehicle for maintaining peace and stability amongst all nations that joined the organization. Were the American people lied to? Did the federal government even have the Constitutional authority to enter into the United Nations? Is the violent American Drug War what the founders of the United Nations had in mind when they decided to tell people that it was going to be a vehicle for peace and stability?
A lot questions need to be asked about the United States past involvement with the United Nations but one conclusion can easily be drawn. There may be no better time than now for America to exit the United Nations and to go back to obeying the U.S. Constitution so that Americans can once again have the freedom to grow, sell, and use marijuana. For the health of the people of our nation and for the cause of liberty, we need to urge President Obama and the rest of Congress to exit the United Nations immediately.
Readers of this article are encouraged to read Art Thompson’s new book, International Merger by Foreign Entanglements, to find out why laws made by the United Nations do not supersede the laws made by the U.S. Constitution. The book helped inspire the author of this article to investigate the international drug laws created by the United Nations.