Colombia also set to legalize marijuana
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Colombia also set to legalize marijuana

Colombia’s justice minister has confirmed that the country plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that he has “kept a keen eye” on when would be the opportune moment to legalize the drug, unlike the country’s ongoing War on Drugs which he compared to a “static exercise bike,” RCN reports.

The new regulations will apply only to medical and scientific uses of the drug, a surprise ruling in a country continually fighting the cultivation of illicit drugs. The new policy would include Colombia in a wave of changing attitudes toward marijuana that has sparked recent efforts from Mexico to Chile.

Colombian Senate had a mixed reaction to the ruling, “This isn’t Denmark. Here we have serious drug trafficking issues. This ruling could see false prescriptions being created and generate a chaos which sees consumption increase,” Alfredo Rangel, senator from the right-facing Centro Democrático party commented.

Colombian courts had already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The new rules will allow for commercial production.

See also:

Mexico: One step closer to legalizing marijuana?

Marijuana: at pharmacies across Uruguay as from next year