UN Slams US Marijuana Legalization, Is Scolded for Drinking on the Job the Same Day

An international body immersed in one drug (alcohol) yet telling governments to outlaw an objectively less harmful drug (marijuana) is biting comedy.

The notion of alcohol consumers piously demanding that others stop using pot probably makes you think of the beer-swilling World War II generation berating weed-smoking hippies during the 1960s. Now, thanks to the United Nations, that caricature gets an update, and the hypocrisy is at once amusing and depressing.

You may have read the headline-grabbing news that in advance of its conference on drug policy last week, the U.N. issued a report urging the United States government to block Colorado and Washington state from moving forward with voter-approved laws that allow adult citizens to use marijuana as a less harmful alternative to alcohol. What you may not have heard is that on the very same day the U.N. released that report, U.S. ambassador Joseph Torsella slammed his U.N. colleagues for drinking too much on the job. Apparently, binging at the U.N. is so commonplace and excessive that it is hindering the organization from conducting its most basic work.

As hypocrisy humor goes, this is pretty funny. An international body immersed in one drug (alcohol) yet telling governments to outlaw an objectively less harmful drug (marijuana) is biting comedy. It hilariously exemplifies the double standards and contradictions that still define many global leaders’ views of drugs.

Yet before you laugh too hard, remember that it is actually a tragedy for members of the U.N. to be simultaneously drinking too much alcohol and too much anti-pot Kool-Aid. It is a tragedy because the blatant hypocrisy saps the organization’s credibility on the drug issue at a time when the world needs it to be supporting the international political momentum generated by Colorado and Washington state.

That reform momentum is now building as lawmakers in Mexico, Uruguay and Chile are citing the states’ votes as reason for their nations to consider legislation to legalize marijuana. Likewise, according to the Associated Press, presidents of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica called “for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the Colorado and Washington votes and said the United Nations’ General Assembly should hold a special session” to debate the continued prohibition of marijuana.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.

Comments

12 Comments

  1. Stoner on

    I think us Stoners should get together some where and buy a couple of million acres of property and create our own state or maybe our own country. our biggest product would be marijuana. we wouldn’t have nothing to do with the UN or USA, Our name would be United States of American Stoners!

  2. Stoner on

    I think us Stoners should get together some where and buy a couple of million acres of property and create our own state or maybe our own country. our biggest product would be marijuana. we wouldn’t have nothing to do with the UN or USA, Our name would be United States of American Stoners!

  3. Anonymousw on

    We would not need the U.N. if everyone consumed cannabis…

  4. Anonymous on

    Society has survived the legalization of alcohol, if we can tolerate the use of the most destructive drug known, what drug can’t we absorbed into the structure of society?

  5. Anonymous on

    Agreed. They are absolutely fucking useless. The good thing is though, the MOST they can ever do is whine, bitch and complain. That is the extent of the UN’s power. They can’t enforce their “laws” since they don’t have a branch to do so.

    Which I think Americans will hopefully ignore their alcohol induced delusions. Besides, I doubt they’ll listen to someone else telling them what do to, it’s America for pete’s sake. Part of the appeal.

    Regardless the UN should be more concerned with their plan to “solve” poverty, rather than making uninformed notions on Pot.

  6. Paul Pot on

    This story puts the drug war in a nut shell.
    The drug war is a war of one drug against all others.
    Alcohol is the drug of the war gods.
    Alcohol abuse leads to psychosis, schizophrenia, acts of violence and loss of IQ.
    Most of our politicians drink, many to the point of being alcoholics.
    We live in a world controlled by the essence and the vibe of alcohol.
    What chance did the sacrament of peace ever have against the sacrament of war.

  7. Anonymous on

    and who knows maybe they spark one up too. oh this silly silly thing we all call prohibition. On the bright side its becoming more and more prevalent that people are waking up to the silliness of prohibition. The politicians try to hold they’re prohibition demeanor while in the public eye. But on the flip side when ya understand the truth behind it all it makes them look like fools.

  8. Anonymous on

    Disban the U.N

  9. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    The U.N. is irrelevant. If they and the 1961 Convention actually controlled cannabis, it would do than merely make it illegal and turn the control over to extra-governmental organizations. They don’t control it. That’s just it.

    I complained about this very topic days ago already. No wonder the world is so screwed up; they’re drinking, although some Brit was on tv saying they do it at the end when signing things to celebrate the signing of the agreements. They have a clear bias.

  10. Anonymous on

    References on Chile considering legalizing because of the States?

  11. BigBudAl on

    Hahahahaha Too funny.