Colombia’s new President talks up cannabis legalization and export

Newly sworn-in Colombian President Gustavo Petro is talking up the potential of legalizing cannabis, adding that it’s time to seriously think about releasing people who are currently incarcerated over cannabis, especially in light of reforms that have been enacted in U.S. states and Canada.

The president has made clear that ending the drug war will be an administrative priority, and he talked about what a legal cannabis industry in Colombia could look like at a summit of mayors on Wednesday.

He spoke about the economic potential of a legal cannabis industry, one where small towns in places like the Andes, Corinto, and Miranda could stand to benefit from legal cannabis cultivation, possibly without any licensing requirements.

He also signaled that he’d be interested in exploring the idea of exporting cannabis to other countries where the plant is legal.

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