Cannabis regulation, Colombia and the Drug War

Cannabis regulation, Colombia and the Drug War

Almost five decades after Nixon’s infamous speech that gave birth to “The War on Drugs”, Latin America is still living with the devastating consequences of prohibitionist politics and enforced crop eradication. For many, this has been a war that has left more losses than victories. (I)  Up to now, the US Government has spent over a trillion dollars attempting to destroy drug cartels and eradicate drug crops with strategies that have caused immeasurable environmental and social harms throughout Latin America, and that have had little effect at achieving their goals of a ‘drug-free’ world. However, with more countries in the region opening up to legalisation, the opportunity to rewrite history is emerging as a way to heal decades of violence.  The beginning of chaos- a cannabis bonanza After the Vietnam war and countercultural movements of the ’60s, Andean countries entered the trafficking game due to the high demand for cannabis in the United States. Colombia joined in and started exporting marijuana, launching the famous ‘Bonanza Marimbera’ that marked the start of the country’s exportation history in the ’70s. As consumption grew within the US population, Nixon declared the ‘War on Drugs’ and defined the actions aimed at stopping illegal drugs distribution, use and trade. With Nixon’s statement of drug abuse as ‘public enemy number one’ in 1971, federal funding for the drug war increased, and the stigma around drug use grew. The more prominent cannabis suppliers to the US at this time were Mexico and Colombia. In 1973, the Drug…

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