Constitutional Reform in Colombia to Regulate Adult Marijuana Use

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Constitutional Reform in Colombia to Regulate Adult Marijuana Use
Colombian Congress passes constitutional reform proposal to regulate marijuana use among adults.

Colombia's House of Representatives has passed a constitutional reform bill aimed at regulating the use of marijuana among adults, according to a report by Colombian news outlet Portafolio on October 9th.


Representatives Juan Carlos Losada from the Liberal Party of Colombia and Senator María José Pizarro from the Historical Agreement party are the initiators of this bill, as they aim for the legalization of the purchase and sale of marijuana within Colombia. Despite the use of marijuana being legal according to Colombian regulations, its buying and selling remain prohibited.


Juan stated that this is "the first step in advancing the failed drug policy reform." He has previously explained multiple times that a situation where a drug can be legally used but illegally purchased creates an "opportunity" for the mafia, as individuals with the right to use the drug are forced to resort to the illegal market.


Carlos Ardila, a participant in the proposal and a member of the Free Party, expressed gratitude for the approval by the House of Representatives. He maintained that "we are changing a failed strategy, turning it into a strategy focused on health and education. This will be our approach in dealing with marijuana going forward."


Afterwards, the project will be handed over to the first committee of the Senate for a second round of eight debates, as constitutional reform must go through these discussions.


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