The United Nations fulfills a number of useful roles, but it is always important to remember that its founding members included Stalin’s Soviet Union, followed by Putin’s Russia, which, along with communist China, has a permanent seat on its “Security Council”. In fact, UN membership includes virtually all of the world’s worst dictatorships and kleptocracies.
I mention these awkward facts for context because this moral sewer is now telling us that the free countries of the world should ban cannabis advertising.
Well, they “evolved”. It’s still against medical cannabis, but right now they’re just desperately trying to ban retail advertising. And it still has its American supporters.
See “United Nations World Drug Report Calls for Worldwide Ban on Marijuana Advertising and THC Potency Limitations”.
See “Prohibitionist propaganda organization defrauded African American clergy to keep marijuana on the same market as crack and heroin”.
In an earlier report, the INCB complained: “In January 2002 the Dutch government decided to make cannabis herb available in pharmacies as a prescription drug in the form of“ magistral ”preparations (made by the pharmacists themselves) and“ makeshifts ”. Preparations (made by the pharmacist for each individual patient). The Committee is concerned that the use of cannabis in such forms will be approved before research into the medicinal properties of this drug is complete.“(Paragraph 497)
June 26th, which also happens to be my birthday, is the “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. “
If you click on this link, you will find a photo: “An employee of the Liberia National Police’s Anti-Drug Squad is checking the urban dump outside of Monrovia, Liberia, where they are almost on fire 400 kg of marijuana and other drugs which were confiscated between 2011 and 2012. ”
The man is wearing a shirt that says “Anti-Drugs”. Liberia has a lot of problems, but I seriously doubt marijuana is one of them. The ban on marijuana in desperately poor countries like Liberia, which do not have a functioning criminal justice system, simply creates opportunities for systemic injustice and more corruption.
See “Profiles in Prohibition: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime”“.
To do justice to the dictatorships and kleptocracies of the world, the United States and other Western democracies are among the worst hypocrites.
See “Profiles in Prohibitionism: Harry Anslinger – The Godfather of Reefer Madness”.
And until the American people kept voting against the marijuana ban, the US used these UN reports to lie to us.
Of Speech by Antonio Maria Costa, Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna and Executive Director of the Drugs and Crime Office at the International Symposium on Cannabis in
Stockholm, Sweden on March 7, 2003.
“As with other illegal drugs, Cannabis is a global problem not only because it is traded everywhere, but because it cannot be fought by any single nation …
Indeed, this sharing of knowledge can help those who tend to underestimate and underrepresent the dangers of cannabis abuse to appreciate our point of view. “
Meanwhile, in the real world, the UN has no legal authority to enforce a ban on cannabis advertising. Ironically, the UN building in New York is just blocks from Madison Avenue in a city poised to become the cannabis capital of the world. Who will win this fight?
However, “Experience should teach us to be most vigilant to protect freedom when the government’s intentions are benevolent. People born to freedom are naturally vigilant to ward off the intrusion of evil rulers into their freedom. The greatest dangers to freedom lurk in insidious attacks by men of zeal, benevolent but without understanding. “ – Judge Louis Brandeis