Colombia: FARC Pushes to Legalize Cocaine, Opium, Marijuana
EspañolThursday marked the end of the 19th round of negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. The guerrilla group pushed for the legalization of opium, marijuana, and cocaine — at least their cultivation — to help peasants who rely on them for a living.
According to the FARC, the government should regulate production and trade. FARC also proposed the development of a public interest campaign explaining the “nutritional, medicinal, therapeutic qualities” these crops have.
The Colombian government, on the other hand, proposed to assist in substituting these crops, so small farmers can properly transfer their activities to comply with the current law.