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Bogota: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree legalising the medical use of marijuana.
decree was also signed on Tuesday by Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria,
whose agency would help regulate its use, Xinhua reported.
have just taken an important step to position Colombia on the cutting
edge in the fight against diseases and we are doing that through a
decree that seeks to take advantage of the good qualities of cannabis to
improve people's lives," Santos said.
He added the new law did not contravene Colombia's international commitment to fighting against drug trafficking.
decree, jointly drafted by the ministries of Health, Justice and
Agriculture, "regulates the... cultivation of cannabis seeds and plants,
as well as the processes of production, manufacture, export,
distribution, sale, use and possession of cannabis and its derivatives,
strictly destined for medical and scientific purposes."
that want to make and sell such products must apply for a license from
the National Narcotics Council and the Ministry of Health, and submit
their security protocols and business plans, as well as certify the
origin of the money invested.
The government agencies will have up to 30 days to approve or reject the application.