Colombian senators approve cannabis legalization bill

A bill to legalize cannabis in Colombia has been approved in a Senate committee for the first time, weeks after it also advanced in the country’s Chamber of Representatives.

Lawmakers have met several times in recent weeks to debate the reform proposal, which would amend the country’s Constitution to end cannabis prohibition for adults.

It passed the First Committee of the Senate by a vote of 11-4, though there are still more legislative steps that must be taken before it’s potentially enacted into law.

“We continue to advance in the paradigm shift on drug policy,” Rep. Juan Carlos Losada, the bill’s sponsor, said following the vote, according to a translation.

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