Sorry to tell you UN, the Federal government can’t nullify State marijuana laws because they violate international treaties. The pot laws fall under the 10th amendment and are not subject to Treaties as Treaties MUST follow the Constitution as well. As strange as it might sound to some, Marijuana laws are not one of the enumerated powers delegated to the Federal Government in the Constitution. Bottom line? The federal government has no constitutional authority to mandate the purchase of a product. Or, ban the purchase of a product either. Nullifing unconstitutional Federal laws is another major step towards returning the power over agricultural regulations where it belongs – with the people of the several states.
Eight former U.S. drug chiefs warned the federal government Tuesday that time is running out to nullify Colorado and Washington’s new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use, and a United Nations agency also urged challenges to the measures it says violate international treaties.
The former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs criticized Barack Obama‘s administration for moving too slowly to file a lawsuit that would force the states to rescind the legislation. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.(But federal law that is unconstitutional isn’t “supreme law of the land”.)
“My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing,” former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.”
Bensinger, who lives in the Chicago area, said if the federal government doesn’t immediately sue the states it’ll risk creating “a domino effect” in which other states legalize marijuana too.
The statement from the DEA chiefs came the same day the International Narcotics Control Board, a U.N. agency, made its appeal in an annual drug report, calling on federal officials to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”