Colombia decriminalizes cocaine, marijuana

Globalist Post – by Jill Langlois  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 (0.705 ounces) of marijuana or one gram (0.035 ounces) of cocaine for personal use will not be prosecuted or detained, but could be required to receive physical or psychological treatment, depending on their level of intoxication, according to Colombia Reports. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said law enforcement would continue its fight against drug trafficking, but would not make further comment.

Thursday’s ruling challenged Colombia’s 2011 citizen’s security law, which said anyone found with up to one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of marijuana or 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cocaine should receive a sentence of at least 64 months in prison, reported the Associated Press. Chief prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre said Friday that the decision did not mean drugs would be legalized.

GlobalPost previously reported that 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.”

10 thoughts on “Colombia decriminalizes cocaine, marijuana

  1. Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama and family are probably sprinting to Airforce One as we speak. Probably going to shop for cozy cottage next to a plantation.

  2. Now I am sure the u.s. secret services were just down in that neck of the woods not to long ago. Escort services and secret services work fast together don`t they !, HA HA HA .

      1. Yea, and then suspect gets arrested and goes to court, illeagle substances get confiscated, half of substance makes it to court, the rest – maybe useable evidence – not like that hasn`t ever happened – and all govt. agents happy & suspect goes to jail for something the agents get paid to do. You gotta know were stuff comes from now days – it might be from that useable substance agents stole from suspect to sell to some one else.

  3. The only ones who ever go to prison are the people who aren’t selling the drugs for the governments. In other words, freelancers.

  4. The War on Drugs failed $1 Trillion ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural resources and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and read more on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html

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