Colombia To Legalize Marijuana And Cocaine

 South America continues to lead the way in forging a more enlightened approach? Drug trafficking will remain criminal, but citizens will be allowed to grow their own. Via the Global Post:

Colombia has decriminalized cocaine and marijuana, saying that people cannot be jailed for possessing the drugs for personal use. Anyone caught with less 20 grams of marijuana or one gram of cocaine for personal use will not be prosecuted or detained, but could be required to receive treatment, depending on their level of intoxication.

Colombia is also moving toward legalizing drug crops. The country’s House of Representatives in May passed the first draft of a bill that would decriminalize growing illegal drug plants, allowing residents to grow coca plants, marijuana plants and opium poppies. But representative Hugo Velasquez Jaramillo was quick to note that although the plants would be legalized, “the processing and trafficking of drugs would remain subject to criminal sentencing.”

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27 Responses to Colombia To Legalize Marijuana And Cocaine

  1. Brother July 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    drug tourism will boom 

    • DeepCough July 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      You know, you’re right. Fuck Amsterdam.

      • Matt Staggs July 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

        ¡No, no, no! En español, por favor!

        • DeepCough July 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

          Que, senor?

      • Brother July 3, 2012 at 12:42 am #

        less laws over there, just need to make sure you have some sort of  personal security or be in a secured place. I find these outdated drug laws a show of power by government or who ever is in power.

    • Dre July 3, 2012 at 2:39 am #

       Sad but true!

      • Brother July 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

        sad if you are using drugs to kill emotional pain. But if you are doing it moderately just enhance your party or meditation experiences it can be the definition of fun. I take a pre work out supplement that feels to me better than cocaine. It legal, but it gives the same feeling. Plus the drug black market is the problem, creating all sorts of real crime like murder and that black market is created by prohibition.

        • Prestonpeet July 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

          Why does it matter WHY someone is using? It doesn’t really, Criminalizing only adds to whatever the reason(s) might be. Go Colombia!

  2. Oldkingcoleyounger July 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Colombia is spelled wrong.

    • Brother July 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm #


    • Msprtgl July 19, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      no it’s not….

    • MeeMan December 29, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      You’re thinking of Columbia, you Muppet!
      Two different places.

  3. Apkazz July 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    wow “drugs taken to be stored in a secure location” aka sold back onto the streets 

  4. DoctorGoreshock July 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    no its not dumbass

  5. anon July 3, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Note to self: Move to Columbia.

    • rydia July 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

       oh weird i just scrolled down and saw you had the exact comment as me.

  6. Matthewpond July 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    legalisation is de-monopolisation. if colombia gets away with it then its a real game changer.

  7. Threedinium July 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Everytime I see that picture on the feed I keep thinking it’s a man holding a deformed penis.

  8. rydia July 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    note to self: move to columbia.

  9. Prestonpeet July 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    When is Colombia going to begin spraying Super-Roundup on US tobacco crops?

  10. Andrés Conrado Montoya Acosta July 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Not exactly… this was like this since some time ago, but the last president tried to remove the decriminalization. And is just for like 20 grams of pot. (I’m colombian and live in Colombia). Is not like is “LEGAL”. If you’re caught with a lot of pot, you can go to jail.

  11. Fraser Boyle July 10, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Great we have a free trade agreement with them, win win

  12. Juan Ochoa July 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Disinfo has lowered it’s standards so terribly… they can’t even spell a country’s name properly. 

  13. Jezza_jack July 20, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    excellent good to see one place in this world has common sense

  14. freak July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    finally progressive thinking fromt he top. “Chong Gang Barry” should pay heed to this. Let us hope that the USA will now not fail Columbia in the way that Europe failed Holland. 

  15. fuzzymode July 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    ….Morales ran with keeping Coca leaves legal (among other things) and became the very first Indigenous leader of Bolivia! This makes perfect sense and seems quite logical w/i the big picture of the America’s and what they all might one day become.   

  16. lilbear68 July 24, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    finally some govts that arent afraid to turn down the US dollar
    columbia joins portugal and a few others in moving away from this crazed drug war

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