The crimson papers are a series of short documents aimed at sharing knowledge regarding the process of scheduling plants, medicines and substances within the international drug control treaty framework.
The crimson papers
Schedules of the international drug control conventions.
RIBOULET ZEMOULI Kenzi
Paris, Septembre 2017.
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In the annex of the three international treaties framing the drug laws and policies of countries, a set of lists called the schedules includes the whole panoply of products and substances that recent human history has placed “under control”, the unduly designated “illegal drugs”.
In appearance inconsequential and irrelevant, the schedules – and their inconsistent methodology – actually reflect the unstopped geopolitical struggles that have been shaping the international drugs categorification during the 20th Century.
Before 1961, every substance needed its own international multilateral agreement to be placed under control, that each country could decide to endorse or no. Incredible simplification tool, the schedules (at first introduced in a former 1931 treaty, later become pivotal with the adoption of the 1961 Convention on narcotic drugs) allow countries to add or withdraw drugs from the scope of international control and to automatically apply the related control measures to all States signatories to the latter Convention.
This paper will briefly define the schedules and their role, summarize the content of both the 1961 and the 1971 Conventions schedules, and explore the measures of control that the 1961 Convention implies for countries.
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