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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:01 AM

Colombia's FARC Rebels Back Drug Legalization

Source: Associated Press

Colombia's main rebel army called on the government Wednesday to legalize the cultivation of marijuana, poppy and coca leaf, as well as the personal consumption of drugs derived from those plants.

The chief negotiator of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, presented the proposal as part of the rebels' position in peace talks launched in Norway in October and begun in earnest the following month in Havana.

"Legalizing consumption accompanied by robust education of young people ... as was done in the past with the use of tobacco and alcohol can be done with cocaine," said the FARC commander, Ivan Marquez.

The FARC has long taxed the cultivation of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine, to bankroll its armed struggle. The Colombian and U.S. governments accuse it of more direct involvement in the illegal narcotics trade, including smuggling cocaine into Venezuela, though the rebels deny those allegations.



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-rebels-back-drug-legalization-18421329



This is a bit confusing to me. Colombia's constitutional court has already ruled that people have the right to possess drugs for personal use, yet just last week, the health minister was saying she wanted to add ecstasy and meth to the list of decriminalized drugs, which included cocaine and marijuana, and now the FARC says it wants to that with cocaine?

Is drug possession already legal or not in Colombia? Anybody?

But good on the FARC for proposing it, anyway.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:18 AM

1. I'm not an expert of FARC by any means,

But I think it is a bold step on their part, towards workable reconciliation. It is bold because while not being directly involved with the drug trade, the cartels have feared them and paid tariffs (FARC's major source of funding) for safe passage while conducting their trafficking. Its a smart move too, because it empowers their agrarian peasant base and hopefully land reforms, and maybe one day some restitution from the oligarchs. Coincidently it lessens Washington's influence in their country, by de-legitimizing the war on drugs.

Thats my quick take.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:50 AM

2. the Colombian Supreme Court ruled personal possession legal

the legislature has followed by introducing legislation to decriminalize and Pres. Santos supports decriminalization.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:38 PM

4. Thank you for clarifying.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:05 AM

3. It is one thing to allow personal cultivation and use,

another to allow the great mechanism of modern commercial development, marketing, and media to exploit the drug, if that were allowed half the world would be addicts.

Since FARC is reputed to make their living with drug sales, among other things, this is an interesting development, it suggests they would like to end the war, since it entails diminishing their weapons budget too.

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