What we got here is a Russian nesting doll of drug laws. Cities and municipalities have their own laws and regulations inside of state laws. States can certify collectives to sell and the Feds can still come in and legally bust the same collectives. And even if those fabled federal legalization measures pass, the U.S. can still get busted by the international Po-Po.
The United Nations believe that the U.S and Uruguay may have violated the international drug treaty by legalizing marijuana. The International Narcotics Control Board is playing Sgt. Stedenko to the U.S. and Uruguay’s Cheech and Chong, claiming that it is keeping a very close eye on the two countries as their drug laws are now inconsistent with the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961).
Uruguay became the very first country in the world to create a national marijuana industry in 2013. Uncle Sam then legalized pot in Washington and Colorado, which in turn made room for retail pot markets. What makes the situation more complex however is that the U.S government also allowed Oregon, Alaska and DC to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes.
The states that want to legalize marijuana will probably eventually be able to do it, but every law that is made to legalize cannabis goes against signed international treaties. The INCB takes credit for continuing marijuana prohibition and keeping weed at a Schedule One designation. They may even consider allowing medical marijuana as a violation.
The president of INCB, Lochan Naidoo has stated that he fully understands the U.S plans to regulate and supervise marijuana , yet the treaties only allow marijuana for research and medical purposes. INCB has also concluded that the ballots that took place in Alaska, Washington D.C and Oregon pose as further challenges for the treaty, so there is no way of telling how the situation will turn out. The overall complexity is worrying for some, however as of yet marijuana is still legal in the above states.