DENVER (CBS4)– A co-author of Amendment 64 is reacting to the United Nations drug agency pushing for the federal government to challenge the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
An annual report by the International Narcotics Control Board specifically mentions Colorado and Washington after both states legalized recreational use of marijuana among adults.
The INCB also reiterates a 40-year-old protocol that “limits the illicit use of narcotic drugs including cannabis to medical and scientific purposes.”
Christian Sederberg helped co-author Amendment 64 and said he wasn’t surprised at the reaction from the U.N.
“The international impacts of the drug war are substantial,” said Sederberg.
The Amendment 64 Task Force Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed to navigate the legal issues surrounding legalized pot wrapped up its work last week.
Hickenlooper said the possibility of federal intervention is a grey area, “They have obligations to uphold the law of the land. The last thing they want to do is go against the vote of one of their states.”
“I understand why they’re doing it but I think it’s not appropriate in this particular situation to revisit what the voters in Colorado and Washington chose to do, overwhelmingly,” said Sederberg.
Former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said he would be very surprised if the federal government files a lawsuit to block the law because they can’t simply discount the voters.