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European Commission Builds Monument for Racist American Drug Warrior

Newsweek AMPLIFY - European Commission

Not all monuments are statues. Sometimes they are Statutes, or even treaties. That is certainly true of the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

The 1961 treaty was the crowning achievement of Harry Anslinger, America's first "Drug Czar," although that wasn't his actual title.

Anslinger was a vicious racist. The Wikipedia article offers a few quotes:

"Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy.

"Two N— took a girl fourteen years old and kept her for two days under the influence of hemp. Upon recovery, she was found to be suffering from syphilis.

"Reefer makes d—es think they're as good as white men."

Very few Americans have done more harm to our country and the world than Anslinger, but very few people are even aware of his history. That ignorance has just resulted in an astonishing "preliminary conclusion" on hemp by the European Commission that that extracts from the flowering and fruiting tops of the hemp plant should be considered a drug under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

It is dumb enough that the US classified cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin, but now the EC is claiming that CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids are "drugs," according to the racist Harry Anslinger treaty.

Ironically, because of Brexit (the UK is leaving the EC), the UK's Cannabis Trades Association (CTA), the UK market, which falls under the auspices of the Food Safety Authority (FSA), will not suffer the same fate, and looks set to forge ahead. The FSA has categorically stated, in line with national government legislation, that CBD in the UK is not a narcotic.

"The UK has always been at the forefront of the CBD market. While we sympathize with the outdated and imprudent bureaucracy surrounding our EU counterparts, this presents significant opportunities for CTA members and British businesses trading in the hemp sector..."

See: Brexit CBD opportunity? EC moves to classify hemp as drug

Frankly, as the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), makes clear, this ruling is wrongheaded and is "political, rather than legal, and absolutely not based on the latest scientific literature nor inspired by the current debate at the United Nations level."

"Industrial hemp and its downstream products are not narcotic or psychotropic drugs, and therefore are clearly exempted from the scope of the Single Convention," EIHA said.

However, as the world struggles to erase the various monuments to racists, the EC ruling has just done huge damage to the people of the EU under the supposed authority of a treaty that was racist in its inception, and has certainly been racist in its impact.

Obviously, the European Industrial Hemp Association will litigate this in the EC bureaucracy, and perhaps they should also take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Consider that the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination "commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races. The Convention also requires its parties to outlaw hate speech and criminalize membership in racist organizations."

The Single Convention is — in fact — the product of racism, not science, and is an ongoing threat to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. It is not compatible with human rights in either its origin or substance.

Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and co-founder of iHeartCBDOil.com.

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