Colombia president legalizes medical marijuana

lawzmagazine.comColombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia “at the forefront in the fight against disease.” Santos stressed that the new regulations would not detract from Colombia’s fight against illegal drugs: “the medicinal use of cannabis does not go counter to our international commitments in the field of drug control.” Medical marijuana had previously been permitted in Colombia by a 1986 law but was never formally regulated. The new regulations are expected to have a broad impact on the medical marijuana industry, as they make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture and export drugs derived from the plants.

 

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