Colombia’s president has signed a decree fully legalising medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production.
For more than 30 years, marijuana fans and legalization supporters have marched on the first weekend in May in support of the cause. Despite legalization having occurred in Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington, this year is no different.
CANNABIS CULTURE - It's easy for retired generals and past presidents to come out against prohibition once they've left office; once away from the pressures of the profiteers and champions of the drug-war, there is less stress in confessing the conspicuous.
Obama Refuses to Back Growing Call for Drug Legalization to Stem Spreading Violence in Latin America
While the presidents of Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador have voiced support for an end to the drug war, President Obama rejected their calls for drug legalization during high-level talks at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia.
The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is preparing legislation that will set "personal dose" amounts for drugs that will allow for their possession without the possibility of arrest or prosecution, the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo reported Tuesday. The decriminalization legislation could be presented as early this week, the newspaper said in its exclusive report.
Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, has called for the global legalisation of marijuana to help combat the trafficking of harder drugs and related violence.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Mexico City radio interview Wednesday that he supported Mexican President Felipe Calderon's call for a debate on drug legalization.
Military checkpoints line the long and winding road from the airport in Cali, Colombia, to the coastal city of Buenaventura.