The U.S. federal government is a signatory to the treaty, but the States of Washington and Colorado are not. Countries with federated systems of government like the U.S. and Germany can only make international commitments regarding their national-level policies. Constitutionally, U.S. states are simply not required to make marijuana illegal as it is in federal law. Hence, the U.S. made no such commitment on behalf of the 50 states in signing the UN drug control treaties. Some UN officials believe that the spirit of the international treaties requires the U.S. federal government to attempt to override state-level marijuana legalization. But in terms of the letter of the treaties, Attorney General Holder’s refusal to challenge Washington and Colorado’s marijuana policies is within bounds.
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organic industry, OTA extends its sincere thanks and congratulations to the U.S. government and MAFF Japan teams that brought equivalency between our nations after a decade of rigorous and thoughtful negotiations,” said Batcha. She noted that OTA and the U.S. organic industry advised, advocated for, and facilitated progress towards this historic arrangement. In June 2009, the United States and Canada signed the first equivalency agreement in the world for the organic industry. This was followed with an agreement signed by the United States and EU in February 2012 recognizing each other’s organic standards as equivalent, fully effective June12, 2012. Further details and background information about this latest agreement are available on OTA’s website . Also NOP has posted extensive information related to the agreement. During 2013, the Organic Trade Association launched its Global Organic Trade Guide , the world’s first user-friendly website to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products. The site also features an in-depth Market Data section and the only map tool to communicate global organic trade information in real time to U.S. farmers, ranchers, and food processors looking to export organic products to Japan and the world. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states.
Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States releases statement in response to President Obama’s speech at the UN General Assembly
Senator Huey P. Long used the filibuster as a tool to prevent votes against the disadvantaged and the poor. A 15 hour speech was not uncommon for Long, who would include verses of Shakespeare in his recitation. Senator Strom Thurmond filibustered for over 24 hours against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. More recently, an 11 hour filibuster staged by Texas Senator Wendy Davis failed to stop a bill that limited access to abortion in the state. Also this year, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke for 13 hours. One of the most famous filibusters is actually fiction. Jimmy Stewart, who portrayed Senator Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, filibustered a dam construction bill in an attempt to save a boys camp. How could have Sen. Cruzs almost day-long talk become a true filibuster? It seems that all of the Republican senators 41 of them would have had to join Sen. Cruzs crusade. Even then, all of the filibuster requirements might not have been met. What was the impression of Sen. Cruzs faux filibuster?
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:35pm EDT Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States releases statement in response to President Obama’s speech at the UN General Assembly PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 WASHINGTON, Sept.25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States, Houda Nonoo, released the following statement on her blog in response to President Barack Obama’s comments on Bahrain in his speech to the UN General Assembly: “Yesterday, as I listened to President Obama deliver his speech at the 68th session of the General Assembly, I was disappointed to hear him compare the situation in Bahrain to that of the current situation in Iraq and the unfolding tragedies in Syria. Notwithstanding the efforts of some groups to reframe what is at the core a political debate, Bahrain’s government has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to resolve differences within its society peacefully through dialogue and without preconditions. The president’s statement does not reflect Bahrain’s well known history as a progressive outpost in the Middle East and the progress we have made in responding to the events of February and March 2011. Over its history, Bahrain has provided unparalleled opportunities to its citizens regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion. This is not a well-worn public relations cliche, but the reality that thousands of Bahrainis live every day. In no other county in the Middle East is my story that of a Jewish woman who rose on her merits to the highest levels of civil society even possible. I have the privilege of serving my country precisely because Bahrain is a place where hard work and ingenuity provide an equality of opportunity. At the same time, Bahrain’s program of reform is not complete and we remain committed to making Bahrain a better place for all its citizens. I serve with a number of outstanding public servants committed to this noble goal, and we should not allow a violent, vocal minority to reverse the social, economic and political progress we have made thus far under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. As a country, we are committed to moving forward.