Sarah Kinosian
Colombia Reports
May 11, 2012

The Colombian House of Representatives Wednesday passed the first draft of a bill that seeks to legalize illicit crops.

The initiative calls for the decriminalization of growing plants such as coca, marijuana and opium poppies in the country.

Representative Hugo Velasquez Jaramillo, who proposed the bill, explained that although the cultivation of plants would be legal under the new legislation, the processing and trafficking of drugs would remain subject to criminal sentencing.

According to Velazquez, congress cannot move forward with the “failed drug policy pursued by the governments of Colombia and the United States.”

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