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President Of Colombia Calls For Global Marijuana Legalization

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Juan Manuel SantosBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said this week that legalization of marijuana would allow the war on drugs to move forward by shifting focus to harder drugs and helping to stop the international violence associated with drug trafficking.

Santos said more world leaders should rethink their approach to the War On Drugs in order to deal with drug trafficking and the use of hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine, reports Natalie Dalton of Colombia Reports. The Colombian president made the remarks in an interview with Metro News

“The world needs to discuss new approaches … we are basically still thinking within the same framework as we have done for the last 40 years,” the president said.

Legalizing marijuana could be a way forward, “provided everyone does it at the same time,” Santos said.

The president said he cannot be the first to make the move, “because for Colombia, this is a matter of national security,” and drew a contrast, saying “in other countries this is mainly a health and crime issue.”

“Drug trafficking is what finances the violence and the irregular groups in our country,” Santos said. “I would be crucified if I took the first step. We need to insist on more multinational actions on drug trafficking and innovate the ways we are dealing with it.”

Santos said he sees a future of global change, including marijuana legalization, as a viable possibility.

“We have something that the U.S. and Europe don’t have: a young population and a lot of optimism,” Santos said. “The latest poll in Colombia from Thursday shows that 79 percent of our population believes that we are on a great path.”

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.

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  • RayChristlTHC

    Another nail in the coffin of cannabis-Hemp prohibition…

  • DJ Florida

    There are only 2 kinds of people in this debate that oppose the legalization of Marijuana:

    #1 The ignorant

    #2 Those that profit from prohibition

    The supposed “worries” and “concerns” that our government is trying to instill in us was created through prohibition!!!
    Any politician, officer of the law, or prison guard who tells you it is to protect the children is full of S___!!!
    It is because of prohibition that right now any child can get marijuana as easy as a pack of bubblegum because dealers do not ask for an I.D. so in fact the remedy to the problem is actually causing more harm then good!
    Take a bottle of beer and really look at it and tell me what you see!?

    Apart from the name of the beer, you will see the following:

    #1 Who and where that beer was made (accountability)

    #2 How much alcohol content there is in that single serving.

    #3 A label stating the age restriction.

    #4 A warning label stating the health hazards of the product or the possible outcome of over consumption.

    This is what is called Regulation and what it does is take that “prohibited” product out of the dark alleys where it is being controlled by criminals and brings it into the light where there will be an accountability for that drugs safety and cleanliness.

    “Why do we want to make it easier for our kids to get it!?”

    If your asking this question then I am sorry, you are among the ignorant but that’s OK. You are not the only victim of the refer madness and political propaganda.

    Will kids still get their hands on weed after it’s legal? Yes of course they will! Just as kids manage to sneak mom and Dad’s cigarettes or raid the liquor cabinets. To think that you can ever stop that from happening is naive. To legalize marijuana you will do the following:

    #1 Make it HARDER for kids to get it (photo I.D. proving your 21 and over).

    #2 Take marijuana away from the drug dealers who can introduce the kids to the harder stuff (the true gateway).

    “All marijuana addicts want to do is legalize their drug of choice!”

    OK so, the questions, if a person that enjoys a joint now and again is an addict then anyone who takes a drink of alcohol is a drunk?

    Just so you know, I do not smoke marijuana nor do I have any desire to. I used to be a drug counselor in our local jails and prisons. I have met a lot of good, tax paying peoples lives ruined for even possessing something that is as about as harmful as a cup of coffee! Marijuana prohibition has without a doubt, done more bad then good. It is time for the government to get out of our personal lives!!!
    Alcohol prohibition did NOT work, How many more years of wasted lives and tax dollars will it take before we learn a lesson from history!?

    • JDCarter

      Well said….

    • Kaleb

      You can become physically addicted to coffee. :P

  • B

    The country, Colombia, is spelled with an “o”, not a “u”.

    • Ya I saw that as soon as I posted it. I’m sorry, no disrespect meant

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  • Most clear cut way to end federal prohibition of marijuana in the United States is proposed legislation called H.R. 2306 – The Ending Federal Prohibition of Marijuana Act of 2011. Contact your representatives! Right here -> http://pvox.co/CdiFqY Tell them that you vote and you won’t support them in the coming election if they don’t support the legislation. H.R. 2306

  • ConservativeChristian

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
    If ordinary Americans and Canadians could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let’s let ordinary Canadians and Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.
    Americans: We can contact our Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition.
    Canadians: We can contact our Members of Parliament at http://canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html
    And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of Canada and America!

  • graham

    yeah harder drugs like booze smokes ‘n’ pharmaceuticals war is the crime not the use of the hemp plant

  • japes

    Is prohibition of these plants prohibitted by human rights bills and constitutions. It should be. If the creators of such bills imagined something as stupid as prohibition on plants could occur I bet they would have guarded against such evil.

  • Great so Politicians do have common sense after all!

  • Barn Mark

    Go for it fully!