Colombia

Tue
17
Nov

Colombia looks at medical marijuana’s economic potential

Just as a Washington Post report last week showed Colombia had overtaken Peru in 2014 to once again become the world’s largest coca producer, the Colombian government announced a plan that could turn a different drug into a major (legal) business.

On Thursday, Colombia’s ministers of Agriculture, Health and Justice announced a new decree that would legalize and regulate marijuana for medical use.

It’s a controversial move in a country already known for its illegal drug industry — but the potential economic upsides are significant.

Tue
17
Nov

Columbia to legalise marijuana in order to increase exports of legal weed

One of the world's top drug producing countries, Columbia, is planning to legalise medical marijuana. The country's president Juan Manuel Santos said recently that he would sign a decree sometime this week, which would control the use, production, and export of medicinal marijuana.

Colombian officials are betting that this move could become big business as it would increase the exports of legal marijuana. Santos, who opined that there was a big demand, told the BBC, "There are already firms in Canada and the US that are using marijuana for a variety of therapeutic, medicinal treatments."

Mon
16
Nov

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.

Fri
13
Nov

Colombia to Legalize Medical Marijuana Under Presidential Decree

BOGOTA—

Colombia said on Friday it plans to legalize medical marijuana in a further shift in drug policy after suspending aerial fumigation of illicit crops.

The government is preparing a decree which would approve the therapeutic use of marijuana, the president's office said in an information sheet, and President Juan Manuel Santos told BBC Mundo the decree would be signed in the coming days.

Growing, distributing and selling cannabis will remain illegal. The South American country suspended spraying of illicit crops this year, citing cancer concerns related to the herbicide glyphosate.

Fri
13
Nov

Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana

Colombia's government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.

 

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law. It will regulate regulating everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana, Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said.

Thu
12
Nov

Colombia to legalise commercial sale of medical marijuana

Colombia plans to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Colombia plans to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said the new regulations will apply only to medical and scientific uses of the drug.

He made the announcement in an interview with Caracol Radio on Thursday.

The news was a surprise in a country long identified with US-backed policies aimed at fighting the production of illicit drugs.

The new policy would include Colombia in a wave of changing attitudes toward marijuana that has sparked recent legalisation efforts from Mexico to Chile.

Fri
30
Oct

Colombia Pushes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Regulating products with a marijuana or coca base compliments another bill currently being debated in congress to legalize medical marijuana.

Colombia is hoping to get one step further in the legalization of medical marijuana, with the Health Ministry pushing to legalize all products that contain the narcotic as its base.

Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria said Wednesday that the ministry will expediting a decree that will regulate those medical products that contain marijuana, coca, and poppy as a base. The regulations will allow these substances to be legally cultivated, produced and commercialized under controlled conditions.

Thu
29
Oct

Colombia: Government issued a decree to regulate marijuana-based products

The Government does not seek to bypass the proposed bill for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Colombia.

Fri
18
Sep

Winding Down the War on Drugs: Reevaluating Global Drug Policy

Any discussion about transnational organized crime almost inevitably includes the trade in illicit drugs. A 2011 analysis by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that illicit drugs constitute the largest income source for transnational crime, accounting for about half of transnational crime proceeds, and one-fifth of all crime proceeds. The UNODC has estimated the value of the 2003 global illicit drugs market to be US$322 billion— higher than the GDP that year of 88 percent of the world’s countries.

Tue
15
Sep

Presidential Determination -- Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2016

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT:       Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2016

Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit and/or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

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