Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

A marijuana plant at a fair of products and derivatives of marijuana for medicinal use in Bogota, Colombia on December 22, 2015Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of the country’s hardline tactics in the war on drugs. “This decree allows licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana,” he said from the presidential palace. Colombia’s government has long been a close ally of the United States in fighting international drug trafficking, using its military and billions of dollars in US funding to try to shed its title as the world’s largest cocaine producer.

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