The Colombian Senate approves the legalization of recreational cannabis
The Colombian Senate approved the first initiative to regulate the use of cannabis by adults and paves the way for legalization. The Senate bill seeks the creation of an entire regulatory framework that would include the creation of the Colombian Institute for the Regulation of Cannabis, Icoreca. The legalization of cannabis would create jobs and would bring a lot of money into the state’s coffers.
The vote ended with a result of eleven votes in favor of the initiative and three against it. In this way, the First Commission of the High Chamber gives the approval to the law project “by means of which a framework of regulation and control of cannabis is established for adult use, with the purpose of protecting the Colombian population of the risks of public health and security.”
“This project takes the pulse of history. This is not a temporary project. Now is the time for Colombia to break the backbone of the drug trafficking curse that has destroyed everything. I am also glad that it has the stamp of LSD thinking. The Social Democrats are convinced that Colombia will change its history if we manage to eradicate drug trafficking from its roots,” said Senator Roy Barreras, one of the authors of the initiative.
Senator Barreras argued that “prohibition is a crime. Legalization, decriminalization, and regulation are an economic solution and this curse of drug trafficking is not solved with moral positions, but with economic solutions.
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The legalization of cannabis could put an end to drug trafficking
On the other hand, another one of the authors of the initiative, the Senator of Colombia Humana, Gustavo Bolivar, said that “if the Government would allow the legalization of cannabis, I assure you that in five years we would be regulating cocaine and we would be ending with the business that has been transversal to all our violence of the last 30 or 40 years.”
The senator in charge of being the speaker of the project, the Liberal Luis Fernando Velasco, said that “we do not come to propose to people to smoke marijuana, but that this problem is regulated by the State and we face it in a different way, we know who has it and if someone is getting the problem out of their hands, we attend to it”.
The promoters of the bill argued that there was no absolute prohibition in the country on the recreational use of substances, specifically cannabis. That is why this debate can be carried out through the discussion of a bill.
Published: December 03, 2020
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