Senators in Colombia have gathered many instances over the previous few weeks to debate a hashish legalization modification to the structure. On Dec. 6, the modification was handed in a 56-3 vote.
“Historic plenary approval of the challenge to regularize #CannabisDeUsoAdulto in its fourth debate. We made progress in altering the nation’s drug coverage. Nice crew with @JuanKarloslos #EsHoraDeRegular,” Sen. María José Pizarro Rodríguez wrote in a translated Twitter submit.
On that very same day, she additionally talked about how the tobacco and alcohol industries are more harmful than hashish, sharing that greater than 20,000 individuals die annually to smoking-related ailments, and 1 in 20 deaths are associated to alcohol consumption.
Rodríguez labored with Chamber Rep. Juan Carlos Losada, the sponsor of the invoice, to push reform. “Right now is a HISTORIC day. With the management of @PizarroMariaJo and a @SenadoGovCo extra progressive and liberal we achieved approval within the 4th debate of the challenge that regulates #CannabisDeUsoAdulto. An enormous step to advance a brand new drug coverage,” Losada wrote.
If handed, the invoice would amend Article 49 and provide “the correct of the free growth of the character, permitting residents to resolve on the consumption of hashish in a regulated authorized framework.” In legalizing hashish the modification would additionally set up rules and taxes for authorized hashish gross sales, and manage the right way to divide income between native cities, in addition to well being, training, and agriculture departments. It additionally requires a ban of hashish in colleges and public areas and would set up a public training marketing campaign.
The invoice moved on to the Senate after the First Fee of the Home of Representatives passed it on Oct. 11 with a 105-33 vote.
In Colombia, constitutional amendments should be mentioned in a complete of eight discussions over the course of two years. The latest Senate approval marked the fourth dialogue. As soon as the entire discussions have been held, it may possibly proceed to Colombia President Gustavo Petro for evaluate. Lastly, if signed into regulation it provides state legislators six months to determine adult-use rules.
Though Petro hasn’t confirmed that he would signal such an modification, he has regularly supported ending criminalization of medication since he was inaugurated in August 2022.
In September, Petro spoke to the United Nations about how the Conflict on Medicine has failed. “I suggest to you as President of one of the vital lovely international locations on Earth, and one of the vital bloodstained and violent, to finish the Conflict on Medicine, and thus enable our individuals to stay in peace,” Petro mentioned in his inauguration speech. “The Conflict on Medicine has lasted 40 years. If we don’t appropriate the course, and this continues one other 40 years, the USA will see 2.8 million die of overdoses, which isn’t produced in our Latin America. You will notice hundreds of thousands of African Individuals be imprisoned of their non-public prisons. The prisoner will turn out to be a enterprise of jail corporations.”
On Nov. 25, Petro met with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “If I needed to summarize the connection between our peoples and the federal government of Colombian President Gustavo Petro in a single phrase, I’d say: brotherhood,” Obrador said in a Twitter statement.
Collectively, each Obrador and Petro introduced a joint effort to create a global convention that addresses the right way to rethink drug coverage. “Recognizing the failure of the battle in opposition to medication and the vulnerability of our peoples within the face of this drawback, Mexico and Colombia will convene an Worldwide Convention of Latin American leaders with the target of redesigning and rethinking drug coverage,” each international locations mentioned in a joint statement.