I intend to purchase a barge, tow it out to international waters near a busy port and grow and sell marijuana to recreational boaters.
This barge will also have a bar.
Who has the right and the jurisdiction to enforce drug laws in international waters ?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Re: Marine laws
Rule 1 of international law;
might makes right
Remember, there is a 200 mile economic zone that the US claims.
There is a right of innicent passage. Also, the US Coast
Guard has a virtually unfettered righ of search and seizure on the water.
Also, it is easy to see a barge in open water, and
every vessel approaching it.
My recommendation is, forget it.
Tom in Md.T
Re: Marine laws
International waters are governed by two sets of jurisprudence.
There is admiralty law which is comprised of a long line of case law and
is coupled with regulation and statutory law. In order for this to apply there
must be a nexus to a country of origin and juridiction (i.e., a 200 mile border).
There may be a basis for the country of origin to control the flow of supplies to
such a vessel where such control is exercised within the 200 mile restriction.
More proper to your question is that international treaty will control over your illicit venture.
Treaties, pacts and other multi-country agreements are plagued with problems of enforcement. If a
signatory country dissents to enforcement then the agreement often fails.
Make sure your barge is anchored 200 miles off the coast where it can be accessed from the coastline
of a country that has signed with the US in international drug interdiction treaty. Be sure that the
coastline being used is of a country likely to dissent from this treaty. (Hey, why not try the Sea of Cortez deep in the pit formed by the
Now, make sure that you hire you own army, navy and airforce to protect your barge from invasion by the drug lords of your "sponsoring" country.
You'll also need embassadors and lobbyist to ensure that the political climate remains favorable to your endeavor lest you risk expropriation.
I guess you can see...THIS IS AN IMPLAUSIBLE IDEA. Forget it!!
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