In an interview with CNN last weekend, Colombian senator Gustavo Bolívar, from the Historic Pact, the party of President Gustavo Petro, said that the legend is considering proposing the legalization of cocaine production and consumption. in the country, if a bill recently introduced in Congress to legalize the recreational use of marijuana is passed.
“We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking”, claimed Bolívar , one of the signatories of the marijuana bill.
“Not even the United States, with all its power and money, could win the war on drugs… Colombia produces more drugs than when Pablo Escobar was alive, there are more consumers, more producers. Drug trafficking is growing despite the money we invest to fight it and the thousands of deaths we suffer”, claimed the senator, who is close to Petro.
In the interview with CNN, Bolívar said legalizing marijuana would only be “a small change in the drug business” and that the big cartels profit mainly from cocaine.
“And people in Colombia and Mexico will continue to die while we hypocritically analyze the problem,” he said, citing the ideas of a network of state-regulated dispensaries where cocaine could be sold on prescription and regional agreements with other drug-producing countries.
“We could, for example, make a small treaty in our countries to modify the Narcotics Convention of 1961 and plant the first flag of legalization in the world, and other countries could join”, concluded the senator.
During this year’s presidential campaign, Petro’s opponent in the second round No, Rodolfo Hernández, had suggested distributing drugs to drug addicts to stop drug trafficking.
“If we give them free of charge to addicts, whether intravenously, by inhalation or orally, the demand ends. Nobody will buy again. Why would I buy if they give me? And if nobody buys, because it is distributed, the offer is over and the drug is over. It’s the only way, otherwise, the drug continues. And the more deaths and violence there is to clamp down on production, the price goes up because the risks increase,” he said.