Saturday 27 February 2021

After Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Colombia Is Now Talking About Medical Coca

Colombia coca cultivation jumps 39% ahead of peace accord
Colombia coca cultivation jumps 39% ahead of peace accord

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Only months after medical marijuana was legalized, the Colombia senator that successfully sought the legalization is now seeking to do the same with coca, the main ingredient for cocaine.

Senator Juan Manuel Galan, the son of assassinated presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan, told press he will now push for the legalization of coca cultivation for medical purposes.

- Advertisement -

Coca has long been used by indigenous groups for multiple medical purposes, but has been criminalized in Colombia as the country became the world’s largest cocaine producer.

But in spite the criminalization and billions of dollars spent on the destruction of the crop, coca is alive and well and still funding some of Colombia’s most violent guerrillas, paramilitary groups and drug traffickers.

As part of a change in strategy to curb drug trafficking, the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos is developing crop restitution programs that would allow farmers to abandon illegal activity and grow legal crops instead.

In the case of marijuana, the government has even granted licenses for the legal production of marijuana for medical purposes.

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana after decriminalizing recreational use

- Advertisement -

But according to Galan, there is no reason not to do the same with coca.

The senator told newspaper El Tiempo there is “scientific evidence indicating coca has medicinal properties.”

Indigenous people in Colombia and neighboring Andean countries use the leave to combat altitude sickness.

According to Galan, coca farmers should be able to continue growing coca if this is meant for ancestral or medicinal purposes, allowing them to grow the crop without contributing to the country’s drug trafficking problems.

According to the Senator, the government is interested in his proposal and considering including it into crop substitution programs that will take effect if peace is signed with leftist FARC rebels.

The guerrillas have long used drug trafficking to fund their war against the state, but vowed to abandon their illicit activities.

- Advertisement -

From Colombia Reports. Click here to go there.

Article originally appeared at Today Colombia. Reposted with permission.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

In hard times Costa Rica demonstrates it resilience and ingenuity

(QCOSTARICA) The crisis caused by the coronavirus has hit Costa Rica’s...

High expectations for Colombia’s medical cannabis reveal experts

Marijuana. Dope. Pot. Weed. Ganja. These are just some of the...


97 labs test those who need to leave the country for covid-19 antigens

QCOSTARICA - Need to leave the country and require a test to detect SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes covid-19? The Cámara Costarricense de la Salud...

MOPT plans to collect tolls on the Cañas-Liberia highway

QCOSTARICA - Driving the 50-kilometer concrete highway between Cañas-Liberia, inaugurated five years ago and already showing signs of deterioration, is now free of tolls. But...

Legislator criticizes “spectacle” of the Government with vaccines: It is ridiculous to have the President on the airport runway

QCOSTARICA - Legislator Ricardo Benavides lashed out on Tuesday that in the midst of the efforts to advance with the covid-19 vaccines the Government...

Mandatory vaccination for Health officials

QCOSTARICA - Vaccination against covid-19 will be mandatory for all health officials, announced the medical manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS),...

Amazon announces the opening of a new cloud services office in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a division of the Amazon company, announced the opening of its first Central American office in Costa...

The Ministry of Health authorized the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health authorized the use of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, based on the conditional marketing authorization of the European...

Costa Rica confirms presence of coronavirus variants emerged in UK and South Africa

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica already reports variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa and...

Banana growers achieved record exports in the year of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's banana growers reached an export record in 2020, despite the impact of the pandemic, shipping fruit in new markets and...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Article originally appeared at Today Colombia. Reposted with permission.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.