Single Convention Treaty

The start of all countries drug law foundation is the United Nations Single Convention Treaty on Narcotics.   How they impliment it is open to each individual country, but the idea is as stated

“This Convention aims to combat drug abuse by coordinated international action. There are two forms of intervention and control that work together. First, it seeks to limit the possession, use, trade in, distribution, import, export, manufacture and production of drugs exclusively to medical and scientific purposes. Second, it combats drug trafficking through international cooperation to deter and discourage drug traffickers.”

While it says “exclusively to medical and scientific purposes”, that is the “Aim” of the Treaty, not the Requirement of the Treaty.  It also says that it “seeks to Limit Possession, Use, Trade, Distribution, Import, Export, Manufacture and Production” not prohibit but Limit.  How do you limit something you regulate through a regulatory procedure.

Second “combats drug trafficking” Trafficking is defined as the uncontrolled transfer of the substances in the treaty.

Once a regulatory system is put in place a country is in compliance with the Single Convention Treaty on Narcotics.

In the United States that compliance is done through the Controlled Substances Act.

Here is a copy of the Single Convention Treaty, read it for yourself and see what it says.  Do not rely on what others have told you.

Single Convention Treaty of 1961

Once you understand that the Single Convention Treaty doesn’t Prohibit the Possession, Use, Trade, Distribution, Import, Export, and Production of these substances, rather it “seeks to limit” you are starting to understand the International Law regarding these substances.

Now move on to the Controlled Substances Act.

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