International Narcotics Board Calls for Challenge to Marijuana - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

International Narcotics Board Calls for Challenging Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON - A U.N.-based drug agency says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Washington state (and Colorado) violates international drug treaties.  

The International Narcotics Control Board is urging the Obama administration to challenge the legalization measures. The board made the appeal in its annual drug report released Tuesday morning.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week he was in the last stages of reviewing the state laws. Holder said he was examining policy options and international implications of the issue. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.  

The federal government could sue the two states over legalization or decide not to mount a court challenge.