Russia has recently criticized Canada for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Moscow says Ottawa is violating international law by doing so.
The ministry made the statement after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that Oct. 17 is the date when Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana — one month later than expected.
Moscow sees the change of policy in Canada as a “serious obstacle” on the way to a drug-free society, Russia Today reported the ministry as saying.
“We expect, that Canada’s “arbitrariness” will merit a response from its G7 partners since this group has repeatedly declared its commitment to the rule of law in interstate relations,” it added.
Canada signatory to UN drug treaties
The three treaties are the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
While Canada definitely has to withdraw from these conventions if it doesn’t want to violate the international law, the federal government in Ottawa reiterated that it won’t be violating these conventions.
The federal MP Bill Blair, who is tasked to lead Canada’s marijuana legalization process, told the Puff Puff Post in March, that the Canadian government had “very extensive conversations” with Canada’s international partners and the UN anti-drug agency – the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
Blair said Canada is exporting marijuana strictly for marijuana and scientific purposes. It “can only be done through licenses from the Ministry of Health,” he said.
However, Canada can always withdraw from these conventions if they become an obstacle to the free will of its people.
An unprecedented World Cup
Russia is the host for 2018’s World Cup.
Despite its tough tone with Canada, the Moscow Times reported in March that Russia will allow football fans to bring their illicit drugs to the upcoming FIFA World Cup. The daily said football fans must come with supporting medical documents written in the Russian language.
This World Cup has also been different nevertheless.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially removed CBD, the calming and soothing component found in marijuana, from the banned substance list. This made this World Cup the first in which any substance even remotely weed-related is allowed on the field.
Unlike the psychoactive component in marijuana, known as THC, CBD is the key ingredient found in medical cannabis.