Colombia

Fri
27
May

Colombia Legalizes Marijuana Cultivation for Medicinal Use

The legalization of medical marijuana in Colombia marks the latest move away from the hard-line “war on drugs” championed by the United States.

The Colombian Senate approved a bill that legalizes the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purpose, making it the fourth Latin American country to relax its marijuana laws.

The bill, which still must be approved by the Constitutional Court and signed by President Juan Manuel Santos, will replace an existing decree issued by the president in December.

The bill was promoted by Senator Juan Manuel Galan, who said on his Twitter account that he considered it a “historic day” and a victory for patients.

Galan also shared a video featuring a family who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Wed
25
May

Colombia: For Lack of Quorum, Approval of Medical Marijuana Is Postponed

Although in the country no one was penalized, and a decree was signed in December regulated its use for medicinal purposes, only a law could protect the initiative.

The House of Representatives, for lack of a quorum, suspended the approval of the bill that would put the country at the same level of Chile, Puerto Rico and Uruguay on issues of use and consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Senator Juan Manuel Galan, speaker for the project, said that the law shall regulate the planting, cultivation and distribution of cannabis and medicinal products based on this plant.

Tue
24
May

Colombia set to begin production of medical marijuana

Boyaca, a province in central Colombia, is set to be the first in the country to begin production of medical marijuana, according to local media.

The Government of Boyaca, Canadian laboratory Canavida and the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC) has been promoting the project that seeks to grow marijuana in several greenhouses across the department

The project aims to further drug research, particularly in relation to curing epilepsy and cancer.

Mon
16
May

Trouble in Bogota: How the Risks of Homemade Cannabis Remedies are Being Felt in Colombia

These days, it feels like everyone in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is talking about cannabis. 

Mon
16
May

10 Countries (Aside From the U.S.) Where Some Form of Medical Marijuana Is Legal

Since 1996, two dozen states have approved medical marijuana laws in the U.S. The most recent was Pennsylvania, which passed medical marijuana legislation just last month. We've also witnessed four states legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

For medical marijuana patients, approval of the drug at the state level means possible new pathways to treatment. Though each state typically differs on what diseases and disorders qualify, glaucoma, epilepsy, and most terminal cancers are ailments that commonly fit the bill. For the states themselves, legalization is primarily motivated by the additional revenue-generating potential. Since marijuana is taxed, medical marijuana provides a way for states to funnel extra money to schools or law enforcement.

Wed
11
May

Colombians Rally for Cannabis Reform

People smoke weed throughout the streets for legalization.

Thousands of Colombians flocked the streets of Bogota and Medellin smoking marijuana through fruit crafted smoke devices such as apple, watermelon and pineapple bongs to call for legalization of marijuana worldwide. Dubbed the “Global Marijuana March” protesters in Colombia believe that use of marijuana should be allowed both medically and for recreational use.

In Colombia the cannabis laws are very lenient and a person can be in possession of up to 22 grams for personal use without facing persecution but selling and transporting cannabis is only legal for scientific and medical purposes.

Tue
26
Apr

Why Does The United Nations Find It So Hard To Talk About Drugs?

I have just watched the closing plenary session of the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem here in New York. Presidents and Prime Ministers will now move on to the climate change summit that opens tomorrow, and the thousands of government and NGO delegates who have filled the UN building in Manhattan over the last 3 days will catch their flights back to all corners of the globe. So was it worth it – three years of preparation, tens of millions of dollars of travel and meeting costs, and countless hours of debate and negotiation. Is the international community any better placed to reduce the health, social and economic problems associated with illicit drug markets?

Fri
22
Apr

Colombia's Big Plans for Medical Marijuana Will Negatively Impact Mom & Pop Growers

The store front of Ganja Farm in downtown Bogotá is small and nondescript, but the pungent smell on approach is unmistakable. A quick glance through the barred front door reveals a network of metallic ductwork. It does not reveal the marijuana plants the company grows, or the lab where they turn them into health products.

Inside a cozy little office, an elderly man in his work clothes that are splattered with dry paint, sits talking to Camilo Andrés Cruz, one of the founders of Ganja Farm. Cruz puts a small canister of green cannabis-infused ointment for his client's arthritis in a cloth bag and sees him on his way.

"We don't want to sell the company to other people," Cruz says later. "We love this."

Tue
05
Apr

Colombia Joins Countries From Mexico to Chile for Legalization on Marijuana

While a 1986 law allowed for the manufacture, export, sale and medical and scientific use of marijuana, the practice was, until Tuesday, never formally regulated.Current law already allows possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana or cultivation of up to 20 marijuana plants for personal use.

Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile for legalization on marijuana

With the new rules, Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization as part of a wave of changing attitudes toward drug use and policies to combat it in Latin America.The proponents of medical marijuana claim that up to 400,000 Colombian citizens can use cannabis products to treat symptoms of epilepsy and other illnesses.

Fri
25
Mar

Five former presidents demand an end to the war on drugs

AS THE drug war has rumbled on, with little to show for all the money and violence, its critics have become a more diverse bunch than the hippies and libertarians who first backed drug reform. The latest broadside against prohibition was fired on March 24th by a group of former heads of state and businesspeople, who put forward a sober case for rethinking the international approach to drug control.

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