Now the Washington Post has picked up on it.
The article gives a pretty good background on the subject and covers the issues without the U.S. parochialism that often biases media drug war coverage.
And here we see the problem for the US government. In their minds, the drug war belongs to them, and they don’t like anyone messing with their pet.
Washington argues that the amendment would open the nearly 50-year-old convention to attack by any U.N. member nation that would seek to exclude for parochial reasons one of the 119 substances the convention classifies as narcotics, submitting them to strict controls.
Trying to carve out such exceptions “over the long term is not good for the planet’s efforts to control and eventually solve the problem of drug abuse,” the senior U.S. official said, adding that Washington also fears it could open a Pandora’s box of legal challenges to drug crimes in the United States.
It looks like the U.S. will definitely object, possibly even today, as soon as they figure out who is in the boat with them.
Gootenberg said the United States is encountering greater resistance these days to its position on coca leaf.
“As global cultural rights have come to the forefront of the U.N.’s agenda (its) anti-coca policy is a glaring contradiction,” he said.