The decriminalization of marijuana possession in Colombia occurred awhile ago. Colombia is among a growing number of countries that have decriminalized personal marijuana possession and use. However, cultivation has been a different story. There are a lot of parts of the world that allow consumption and personal possession, but still consider cultivation a crime. Recently the Supreme Court in Colombia ruled that cultivation of up to 20 plants is not a crime. Per Colombia Reports:
Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized.
The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams.
The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.
However, because the plant was meant for personal consumption, the court confirmed that there is no crime unless a person cultivates more than 20 plants.
The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use.
I wish the United States Supreme Court was as reasonable as the Colombia Supreme Court when it comes to marijuana cultivation. I don’t exactly know how the 2o grams for 20 plants ratio works out logistically, but I guess Colombians are expected to give away a lot of free cannabis. I live in Oregon where 4 plants is perfectly legal and possession of up to 8 ounces is legal. Everyone should be able to experience that level of freedom.