On Tuesday a United Nations drug agency urged Federal officials in the U.S. to swiftly strike down legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, claiming that the State-level legalization could violate international treaties.
The International Narcotics Control Board made the appeal in its annual report, urging Washington D.C. to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”
“The entire international system is based on countries respecting the rules, and there’s a broad fabric of international treaties that are part and parcel to that,” said David Johnson, the U.S. delegate to the Vienna-based board.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is currently in the final stages of reviewing the marijuana-legalizing State laws, examining policy options and international implications.
Justice officials could still decide to sue Washington and Colorado in Federal court in a bid to reverse the voters’ will on legal marijuana.