Colombia fully legalizes medical marijuan
Written by Taiwo Adediran on December 23, 2015
Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos has signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production. Mr. Santos said the move will put Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront in the use of natural resources to fight disease.
Mr. Santos added that legalization would take drug production out of the hands of drug traffickers even though he admitted smoking cannabis while a student in Kansas in the 1970s. He however said the country would still fight illegal drug production.
The practice was, until Tuesday, never formally regulated, though a 1986 law allowed for the manufacture, export, sale and medical and scientific use of marijuana. The president also noted that, anyone wishing to grow marijuana must apply to the National Narcotics Council for a license.
Colombia has been plagued by decades of drug-related violence, and is better known as the world’s biggest producer of cocaine, along with Peru. Medical marijuana is used for medical ailments such as Crohn’s disease, seizures, HIV and nausea.