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Lawmakers in Colombia have proposed legislation that would decriminalize the cultivation of the coca leaf and marijuana.

Lawmakers in Colombia have proposed legislation that would decriminalize the cultivation of the coca leaf and marijuana, claiming this would reduce the nation's widespread drug-related violence. Proponents of the bill argue that, by eliminating prison terms for growing these products, the market would be flooded by the drugs, driving down the price and reducing the incentive for farmers to grow them. While the bill is now being debated in the lower house of the Colombian congress, the country's justice minister warns that such a law would violate Colombia's commitments to international narcotics treaties.

Karen Ann Gajewski is a contributing editor to the Humanist and a documentation project coordinator.

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Title Annotation:Worth Noting
Author:Gajewski, Karen Ann
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:3COLO
Date:May 1, 2012
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