According to inside sources, the Colombian Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s recent decision to ban public cannabis use is unconstitutional, in part because it violates citizens “fundamental rights, even though it protects public safety and the safety of children, as it should. In fact, the ruling was based on “political will to change the law” and not on a legal basis. In the South American country the decriminalization and legalization of medical cannabis has been possible for seven years and about three years, but recreational cannabis remains illegal, although self-cultivation and personal consumption are allowed.
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Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana in 2015, a decision that had significant implications for the legalization of cannabis in the United States and Europe. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed former Uruguayan President Pepe Mujica, who signed a law legalizing recreational cannabis in 2013, in calling for full legalization. Britain and Germany have also legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, while Canada has its first medical cannabis dispensary and Canada’s first adult dispensary and will soon have – cannabis to use. Michigan recently became the tenth state to legalize recreational cannabis, and the second in Canada, along with Washington, D.C., and California. Moreover, the United States, where the marijuana industry continues to expand at a rapid pace, is also legalizing cannabis as a recreational drug.
Clever Leaves reached this milestone by obtaining a license to grow, process and distribute cannabis for medical and recreational use. The cannabis is sold in branded clinics, a concept that could potentially be exported to become a kind of farm-to-table marijuana dispensary.
To keep things up to date – and – keep – new rules for commercial marijuana strictly restrict access to legal farms here, and impose measures, including genetic testing, to prevent illegally grown cannabis from seeping into the legal market. Some companies, such as FCM Global, have gone a step further by choosing to grow only weak cannabis strains and to dispense with the stronger strains popular with recreational users.
TV shows glorifying these guys when I see them makes me sick, “said Juan Carlos, a 29-year-old medical marijuana user from the city of La Paz.
Countries such as Canada have therefore shown a strong interest in the production of cannabis in Colombia, and investors have shown interest in agricultural and laboratory products, including an investment of 1.5 million dollars in the country’s first cannabis farm. One gram of cannabis flower is produced for Colombia at a cost of about $2,000 to $3,500, according to the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The Colombian and Canadian company Pharmacielo, which says it makes Colombia one of the best places in the world to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.
The Canadian company PharmaCielo, which is listed on the stock exchange, signed an agreement with Germany’s largest cannabis market in Europe in January for the supply of 1.5 million kilograms of cannabis oil and distillate to be sold in Germany, the largest cannabis market outside Europe. Other vertically integrated cannabis outfits operating in Latin America include Toronto-based Khiron Life Sciences, which has been licensed to manufacture its medical cannabis products in Colombia until March 2020. Today, it has treated more than 120,000 patients throughout Colombia and recently opened the so-called Zerenia, where it produces oils and distillates that can be sold at home and abroad.
Ecomedics K and Clever Leaves also expect to produce 85 tons of dried flowers in Colombia as well as other products for export to the German market.
In addition, the Colombian government has identified the cultivation of medical cannabis as one of its top priorities for the next five years. In 2016 Colombia implemented the country’s first medical marijuana program for adults over 18. Colombia has an ambitious plan to regulate the production of medical cannabis, which competes with that in the USA and Canada.
During each step of the cultivation and production process, producers must track and report on how the cannabis plant and products are treated, transported, modified and manufactured. Colombian regulators require the production of medical cannabis to meet the same standards as in the US and Canada. In addition, cannabis-based medicines such as cannabis oil and cannabis extracts will be available to Colombian patients, while marijuana products may only be sold in extemporaneous preparations, also known as extemporaneous blends or custom prescriptions, as provided for in the 2016 law. Regardless of the THC content, the sale of drugs will have to be medically prescribed.
This came after the nation legalized the product in 2016 under Law 1787, the first legal cannabis law in Latin America and the Caribbean.