The legalization of marijuana is not just an issue of importance in the United States. Other nations are grappling over whether or not to legalize the sweet cheeba. One of those nations is Colombia in South America. Known widely as the cocaine capitol of the world, Colombia has had to come to grips with the actual climate of drug trafficking in the nation and tactics used to fight it. According to Colombia Reports:
Internationally, the government of the world’s largest cocaine producing country has called to rethink the international war on drugs, claiming that current repressive policies have failed to reduce both the demand and offer of illicit drugs.
In the name of reform, Colombia has adjusted the limits how much marijuana one can grow for personal use. Currently, in Colombia (where marijuana sells for about $0.40 per gram), you can legally carry 20 grams of marijuana on your person. A man recently got caught up and was sentenced to over five years in prison after being caught with a freshly cut marijuana plant, weighing 124 grams. However, recently, a court overturned his sentence since he was growing the plant for personal use. Due to the ruling, individuals can grow up to 20 plants for personal use in Colombia.
This is the latest push in the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos to decriminalize the consumption of small amounts of illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. This year, the Colombian congress will debate the legalization of marijuana, either for medicinal purposes or overall.