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The United States tolerance of foreign drug policy

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On October 9th, William Brownfield (Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) spoke to reporters at the United Nations. His answer to a question regarding tolerance of new foreign drug policy included the following,


"How could I, a representative of the Government of the United States of America, be intolerant of a government that permits any experimentation with legalization of marijuana if two of the 50 states of the United States of America have chosen to walk down that road?"

William Brownfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the long list of tasks Colorado and Washington must accomplish in regards to their developing policy on cannabis. Fortunately, when placed in the context of the global struggle to end the war on drugs the very fact that the list exists creates a space for comments such as Brownfield's.

See a full transcript here.