Colombia to legalize medical marijuana

LIMA, Peru — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to issue a decree legalizing the cultivation, commercialization and research of medical marijuana.

He said he will sign the new measure into law this week, marking a bold departure both for his center right administration and for Colombia, a staunch longtime ally of Washington in the war on drugs.

“It has already been scientifically proven that marijuana has many medicinal attributes,” Santos told the BBC.

“There is no problem in legalizing and using marijuana for medicinal uses. It’s not the same for other drugs because there is no scientific proof that cocaine or heroin are good for … some kind of medicine.”

Colombia continues to outlaw the recreational use of all drugs although the law does tolerate the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal consumption.

The move is particularly significant given Colombia’s status as the source of...

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