Truth Frequency Radio
Aug 17, 2014

According to an Associated Press release, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated he supported legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Colombia. Introduced in July the bill, said Santos, is “a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain (and) anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve their suffering,”

At present Colombia already permits the possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana for personal use. This bill would simply expand the country’s current marijuana laws. Introduced by Senator Juan Manuel Galan, this latest legislation would place the distribution of medical marijuana under the control of the Colombian government. If approved by Colombian legislators, the medical marijuana bill could pass as soon as next summer.

Galan reported that numerous other Latin American countries such as Chile, Brazil and Argentina are looking at very similar legislation. In fact, Uruguay has already legalized marijuana and Jamaica is considering legalizing marijuana for both religious and medicinal use. Additionally, they may also decriminalize the possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana.

According to General Ricardo Restrepo, leader of Colombia’s counter-drug police, the South American country presently has approximately 1.5 square miles of marijuana fields. He also told reporters that a pound of marijuana currently sells for about $230.

President Santos told a drug forum in the capital city of Bogotá that another good reason to consider more “progressive marijuana policies” is the expense of the present day “war on drugs” which is both costly in terms of casualties and currency. He concluded: “We have spent billions of dollars on an ineffective war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives in Mexico alone in the last six years.”