Colombia Decriminalizes Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine

 by lucy

The Central American country of Colombia has decriminalized possession of marijuana and cocaine.  Officials have ruled that people cannot be jailed if they possess the drugs for personal use.

People can now legally possess up to 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine for personal use without fear of arrest or detainment.  Depending on their level of intoxication, however, people in possession of the drugs may be subject to medical or psychological treatment.

The ruling, which came Thursday, is meant to decrease drug crimes and violence in the country.

In 2011, Colombia established a law which said that anyone with up to 2.2 pounds of marijuana or 3.5 ounces of cocaine in their possession should be put in prison for at least 5 years and 4 months.  This new decriminalization law does not legalize drugs, but also does not cause people to be placed in prison for an amount of time that is disproportionate to the crime.

Colombia is also working toward legalizing the growing of marijuana plants, opium poppies, and coca plants.  However, drug trafficking would still remain illegal in the country.

 

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Hustle_lifted said on Jun 30, 2012

    OMG..I gram of coke??..

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    said on Jun 30, 2012

    fuckin governments and their laws…so people are now "allowed" to use drugs…they just cant have enough to profit on them…no only governments can do that…new motto: "Fuck your Local Government"

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    KushBowlzz said on Jun 30, 2012

    with all the shit that goes down in this country i think its a smart move, time to forces the real problems not the peddy users

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    iHydroEyez said on Jun 30, 2012

    Jesus thats a lil scary with the coke i mean i bet a gram a columbo blow could easily OD someone. Pretty cool bout the 20grams thou, i guess its always 1 step forward nd 2 steps back

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      ballyhoo said on Jul 1, 2012

      If someone O.D.'s on a gram of coke, they will O.D. on an illegal gram, OR a decriminalized gram. Decriminalization of ALL DRUGS is what we need. Let us decide for ourselves what we put into our bodies, regardless of the danger involved. Your comment suggests that the government should keep us safe from all things potentially lethal. Grow a spine and decide for yourself what you do with your own body.

      Peace.

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    dab192 said on Jun 30, 2012

    decriminalize all victim-less crimes i.e. recreational drug use

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    Elvers said on Jul 1, 2012

    think about it this might curb their big problem with the cartels.!! will see!!, if it does we might do it in this country

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    BA said on Jul 1, 2012

    How would this curb any problems with the cartels? Drug trafficking is still illegal…the recreational users still need their product. If anything this is going to increase trafficking lol

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    ballyhoo said on Jul 1, 2012

    Ridiculous! Legalizing possession of 1 G will not do a thing re: cartels. Sometimes I really wonder about people. A gram of coke in columbia is worth 5-10$'s. The money is made by exporting massive shipments to the West. This decrim is designed to reduce the amount of users in Columbian jails.

    Peace.

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    TheUndead said on Jul 1, 2012

    The world is getting overpopulated anyways legalize all drugs and that could help a little. I know it sounds pretty evil but really you should be intelligent enough to know what is bad for you and what is good for you. Only problem with legalization is you might see kids under 10 doing coke / heroin / crack / meth. I know there already are kids under 10 doing that stuff now but so many more would be if it was completely legal.

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    Kush_Gamer said on Jul 2, 2012

    Allowed 1 gram of cocaine for personal use, really? lets see how this plays out lol.

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