Colombia Legalizes Medical Marijuana

TODAY COLOMBIA (AP) — Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree on Tuesday December 22, legalizing the growing and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, a dramatic shift in a country long identified with US-backed policies to stamp out drug crops, Yahoo! News noted.

Under the Colombian law, anyone who wants to grow marijuana is required to apply to the National Narcotics Council to secure a license.

According to studies, marijuana can be used for different diseases such as Crohn’s disease, seizures, HIV, epilepsy and nausea.

“We have just taken an important step to place Colombia in the vanguard of the fight against disease and we’re doing it via a decree that seeks to take advantage of the benefits of cannabis to improve people’s lives,” the Colombian president said in a ceremony where he was escorted by Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria.

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