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Talk:Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs/Table of contents

Comments on featured article candidacy[edit]

I am preparing Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to be a featured article candidate. Please let me know if you have any feedback. Thanks, Rad Racer | Talk 15:18, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)

OK here's my list:
  1. find a replacement for that godawful b&w newsprint image.
  2. medical and recreational use needs some expanding, or a link to another article more sufficient.
  3. penal provisions is a bit brief better, but still seems brief
  4. although Schedule IV is the most important, we should be NPOV and list them numerically, and explain them numerically.
  5. limitations section seems a bit too terse, i'd want it beefed up a paragraph or two, theres lots of concepts that can be broadened in there. EXCELLENT! this covers most of my why?'s
  6. legal commentary/ammendments are too short to deserve their own sections, perhaps they can be expanded or merged into another section?
  7. related treaties, could you perhaps specify what they were designed to fix/target?
most of my complaints stem from too brief summaries per sections. A little more writing and it will pass, its starting to look damn fine!  ALKIVAR™ 18:24, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I tried Google Image search but couldn't turn up anything better than the UNODC newsprint photo. Is there another place I can look? Medical and recreational use, as well as penal provisions, will nequire more research, since I'm fairly ignorant about those aspects. I put Schedule IV first because I was concerned people would get confused as to which category is the most-restricted; do you think that would be a problem if it were re-ordered? Hmm, the limitations section could include some info about constitutional loopholes. The Amendments section and Commentary section can be merged into the History section. Related treaties, I may have fixed since you wrote the critique, but let me know if you have more suggestions. I emailed Cindy Fazey asking for her advice too. I will move this discussion to Talk:Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Thanks, Rad Racer | Talk 18:35, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)

My impression of the Single Convention is that it represnts three natural herb or plant species as if they might pose, almost, a smallpox-like risk to human health. Laurel Bush 10:23, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC).

Regulation of Cannabis Section[edit]

There's a bit of inaccurate, or at least out of date, information here. "NIDA administers a contract with the University of Mississippi to grow a 1.5 acre (6,000 m²) crop of cannabis every other year; that supply comprises the only licit source of cannabis for medical and research purposes in the United States." -Medical marijuana has been legalized in several states, e.g., California and New Jersey, and there are several thousand legal grow operations across the country. "Hemp cultivation is theoretically legal in the United States, but tight Drug Enforcement Administration restrictions would likely make it unprofitable." -There are several profitable hemp farms and hemp clothing stores in my town in northern California. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:39, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Note however that cannabis is still federally-illegal in the USA (Schedule I under the USA's "Controlled Substances Act," meaning "no accepted medical use"), notwithstanding the state-by-state laws & some SCOTUS decisions. In theory, DEA and other federal agencies can raid even these "legal" operations (from farms to processing-facilities to medical-cannabis dispensaries), as well as prosecuting their customers. President Obama has been directing these agencies to prioritize other issues, but that could change in 2016 (next election). Much-more-extensive info at — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:49, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Drug abuse[edit]

I note from the article "The Single Convention unambiguously condemns drug abuse". I wonder: does it attempt itself to define such abuse? Laurel Bush 16:53, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC).

SonicSynergy's response[edit]

Well, the treaty does not really taken a firm stand on what is or isn't drug abuse, since it is more focused on the supply side than the demand side of the equation.
The U.S. and other organic illicit drug importers did not really want the treaty to focus directly on drug possession and use. They wanted the drugs to be kept from entering their borders illicitly to begin with, which could happen if any nation had loose controls. So, the treaty does not focus on defining the difference between use and abuse (that's left for the medical professionals to decide). Instead, the treaty is all about setting up systems of quotas, estimates, reports, prescriptions, etc. to keep any large quantities of drugs from slipping out of the sole control of doctors and pharmacists, who presumably could be trusted to dispense them for good, and not for evil.
The bottom line is, the Single Convention was focused on minimizing drug addiction by limiting production and distribution to medical uses (legitimate medical uses being determined by medical professionals, who have the power to write prescriptions, subject to whatever additional limitations the state sets in place). If you could get a prescription, then it counted as a legitimate use. For instance, if a person can get a prescription for smoking weed because his doctor says it helps him relax, makes him happy, and thus benefits him medically, then the treaty has no problem with that.
There is only one safety valve included, in which the doctors' authority to dispense these drugs at will could be overrided. That is when (1) the World Health Organization, based on scientific and medical criteria, finds that a drug meets the Schedule IV criteria of high potential for abuse and no redeeming medical use, and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs places it in Schedule IV; and (2) The doctors are prescribing these Schedule IV drugs in such an out-of-control way that it threatens the public health. In that case, the state is allowed to prohibit all use except for very limited scientific and medical research.
I have re-worded the article slightly. Please let me know if you have some more specific advice as to how to improve it. Thanks,

SonicSynergy 04:02, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

From the Bulletin on Narcotic Drugs[edit]

Drug abuse is the consumption of a drug apart from medical need or in unnecessary quantities. Its nature and significance may be considered from two points of view: one relates to the interaction between the drug and the individual, the other to the interaction between drug abuse and society. The first viewpoint is concerned with drug dependence and the interplay between the pharmacodynamic actions of the drug and the physiological and psychological status of the individual. The second - the interaction between drug abuse and society - is concerned with the interplay of a wide range of conditions, environmental, sociological, and economic[1].


If anyone creates a treatybox, some relevant info is:

SonicSynergy 18:51, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Article 28[edit]

3. The Parties shall adopt such measures as may be necessary to prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, the leaves of the cannabis plant. - Article 28

I would be quite interested in finding out what the Commentary on the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs says about how this should be interpreted. 22:19, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

More arrest pics[edit]

More arrest pics are needed, so we aren't using the same one for both this article and United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. 00:43, 9 May 2005 (UTC)

Signatory vs. Non-signatory[edit]

It might be interesting to link this article to lists of countries who have ratified SCND and of those who have not.


Anyone know how they define this so that cigarettes and alcohol do not fall within the scope of the convention?

That's easy. They simply don't define a set of criteria for automatic inclusion into the categories. That way, only those substances deemed harmful to major investors get added as they become problems. So, just like every other law about substance abuse that was purchased by the tobacco and alcohol industries, T&A remain unscheduled. Damncrackmonkey (talk) 21:02, 22 January 2008 (UTC)


i think you are all abunch of morons...  get high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, we all do. Not a single person I know that doesn't drink alchohol, smoke cigarets use illicit drugs or at least caffeine. The thing is that some drugs have a bad reputation, some do not. I imagine eventually all drug prohibition will get repealed, but for that the UN needs to be weakened. Meaning the US needs to be weakened. I think if the United States was less in control of the world maybe there would be an end to prohibition. That would be nice, as far more people die in the war on drugs then do by using the drugs. Any drugs. This article isn't to blame. But it does need a criticism section. -Lollipopfop

I think that this article badly lacks information as to criticism of this convention. The convention is often used by governments as a reason not to legalize cannabis usage, or for some governments to criticize other governments for "laxist" policies (i.e. de facto legalization of some drugs, such as in the Netherlands). As a result, groups who push for the legalization of certain drugs, such as cannabis, or for policies more directed towards education and less towards repression, criticize the convention. According to them, the convention takes power away from democratically elected governments, and gives it to international bureaucracies, and to commissions where members of foreign governments, motivated by different ideologies or social outlook, can force policies. David.Monniaux 05:53, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

exactly, the article NEEDS criticism, as all laws, conventions and regulations ARE to be debated by individuals, organizations and institutions. Regardless what you think about drug legalization or prohibition, you OUGHT to be NPOV in all articles. Regards, Critto

Heh, good luck. You're going to take down the whole concept of organic chemistry. Be a real cold day in hell before that happens.-- 17:57, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

Exactly how will organic chemistry suffer if drug laws were repealed? That makes no sense.
uh? What does this relate to? What does organic chemistry has to do with this convention? The fact that a drug is chemically dangerous doesn't mean that it should be prohibited, since prohibition belongs to the realm of LAW, not Chemistry, and the law may be altered accordingly to the political views of the lawmakers. Critto

I think this is a great article but could be improved by more global (i.e. non-US) material. For instance, what explains the turn around in SE Asia from resistance to law to the hardline? As an Australian, I constantly hear (Muslim) Indonesia being criticised for its harsh anti-drug stance, but this seems to have been forced on it under US pressure.--Jack Upland 06:18, 25 August 2005 (UTC)


Is the Proposed denunciation section necessary at all? The organization itself isn't that notable to begin with it. I'm going to delete it for now, but if anyone has any objections by all means feel free to revert as you see fit. 16:59, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Opening sentence[edit]

I quote: "The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is the international treaty against illicit manufacture and trafficking of narcotic drugs that forms the bedrock of the global drug control regime." What is the global drug control regime? Who wrote this propaganda?

Above not signed.
It could have said "INTERNATIONAL CONTROL MACHINERY", as this is the text in the actual treaty. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:16, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

Yes. That opening sentence does look very biased. Also, it makes no real sense. How does manufacture and trafficking come to be illicit except by creation of law or convention such as that which the article is about? No drug manufacture or trade is naturally or inherently illicit.
Perhaps this would make more sense:

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is an international agreement to prohibit production of and trade in specific drugs except under licence for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research.

Laurel Bush (talk) 13:47, 24 January 2008 (UTC).

Move hidden text to talk[edit]

I moved the following to talk:

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It makes the article difficult to edit. Inclusionist (talk) 23:07, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Dead links[edit]

Link #1 and #2 are dead.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:35, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Who are the signatories?[edit]

Not all members of UNODC are signatories to the treaty. But it appears they are listed as such. Could we get the actual list of signatories? I can add it in, I found the actual list on the UNODC site (ref #2 is out of date) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:18, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

This is all I could find:
420MuNkEy (talk) 00:58, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

Schedules of Drugs Section[edit]

"*Schedule I – The substance is liable to similar abuse and productive of similar ill effects as the drugs already in Schedule I or Schedule II, or is convertible into a drug.

  • Schedule II – The substance is liable to similar abuse and productive of similar ill effects as the drugs already in Schedule I or Schedule II, or is convertible into a drug."
Should these two be exactly the same? Jenova20 10:09, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Introductory section[edit]

This article mentions "As noted below, its major effects included updating the Paris Convention of 13 July 1931 to include...". However, that is the only reference I can find to it being called the Paris Convention. The treaty was signed in Geneva, and the text of the treaty fails to mention Paris at all, but I don't feel qualified to change it, because I'm not sure what it should be. -John (talk) 19:27, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

thank you for pointing this out. I am not sure about what it should be either, but I will try to incorporate it into my future revision work.--Soulparadox (talk) 06:56, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Undue tag, due to Bolivia, Uruguay[edit]

Major issues not covered: Exceptions (non-research, non-medical) , e.g. and - impact of Uruguay's recent action. (HuffPo probably not the best of sources for this…) --Elvey (talk) 20:59, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for this contribution. I will review this link and try to incorporate the update into the article, which needs to be updated in other areas as well.--Soulparadox (talk) 06:55, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

October 2014 update[edit]

While this article is on my Watchlist, I have not been able to monitor it sufficiently, and after some minor revisions today, I realize that not only does the article require an overall review and revision, but it also has a lengthy history of discussion and amendments. Additionally, a commendable amount of work has gone into the article thus far, so the process of revision is bolstered by the efforts of previous copyeditors. It should also be mentioned that the subject is not straightforward and it is difficult to locate the large amount of information required without the aid of both physical and online resources. The article may need the attention of an expert. Anyhow, I will endeavor to continue my contributions to the article, but it warrants a team effort, due to the large amount of work necessary.--Soulparadox (talk) 06:53, 27 October 2014 (UTC)


"The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 is an international treaty to prohibit production and supply of specific (nominally narcotic) drugs and of drugs with similar effects except under licence for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research." Ok, but why? I am all over wikipedia trying to find out why illegal drugs are illegal(and why legal drugs are legal). Seems to me to be arbitrary and not based on science or health concerns. There are some references to evangelical Christians and vague references to immorality. Some sort of irrational moral panic? Drug use is frowned upon for a good reason, or no good reason? Why did country's sign the treaty? Their objective is to stop people using certain drugs but why? These days we are told it's about preventing deaths, but the drug related deaths appear to be a consequence of prohibition and began to occur after the drugs were prohibited. What about at the outset? People aren't allowed to be drug addicts because....? (talk) 06:07, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

This is not a forum but I will point you to the 2nd paragraph here Prohibition_of_drugs#First_modern_drug_regulations and the health effects sections of Substance abuse. The public health article should have a discussion of this, and doesn't. Jytdog (talk) 12:59, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

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