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President legalizes medical use of marijuana

By Agencies in Bogota, Colombia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-12-24 07:55:59

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree on Tuesday 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.

Santos said the new regulatory framework was long overdue given that Colombians had been consuming marijuana and marijuana-based products in a legal void for years.

The new rules "represent a major step that put Colombia at the vanguard and forefront of the fight against illnesses", Santos said.

President legalizes medical use of marijuana

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