Colombia is one of the world’s main producers of marijuana. Cannabis, like coca and poppy, was banned in Colombia in the 1930s. In 2017 domestic consumption amounted to 65,000 tonnes of illegal marijuana. The new law establishes that the Government will issue licenses for sowing, harvesting and commercialization. The law defines that people over 18 can consume cannabis and carry up to 20 grams. They can also grow 20 plants at home.
The country produces more than half of the world’s cannabis, according to a recent study from the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Since it formally legalized the production of cannabis for medical and scientific use in 2016, Colombia has become a major exporter of marijuana.
Cannabis grew wild on hillsides and mountains throughout Colombia until 1986, when it was outlawed for recreational use. In 1988 and 1989, laws were passed to ban cannabis for medical purposes as well.
In 2017, Colombia’s domestic consumption amounted to 65,000 tonnes of illegal marijuana and its total value was estimated at US$1.3 billion (approximately EUR 1.15 billion). Consumption of cannabis is legal in Colombia, although it is illegal in other countries such as the United States and many European nations. It is also prohibited for people under 18 years old to consume cannabis products.
With legalization in mind, Colombia’s Minister of Justice and Law, Carlos Gustavo Cano Correa, recently said that they were going to review their policy on decriminalizing drugs in order to allow more people from other countries access to medical marijuana products.
The legalization of marijuana in Colombia is a great step forward for the country and shows how much progress has been made in recent years. It’s also an opportunity to continue developing this industry and promote investment in Colombia, as well as generate more jobs through exports, research activities and other economic benefits. Now, don´t waste more time and get your place in this exponential industry.