Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has issued a decree on Tuesday 22nd December legalizing medical marijuana. The current laws of the country already allows ownership of 20 marijuana plants and possession of 20 grams of cannabis for personal use. Farming without required permission or carrying more than 20 grams of marijuana is illegal and punishable by law. According to studies, usage of marijuana can help ease the pain caused by cancer, reduce nausea and alleviate many other symptoms.
Santos said, “This decree allows for the issuing of licenses for the possession of marijuana seeds and for the cultivation of the plant for exclusively medical and scientific purposes, I repeat, for exclusively medical and scientific purposes. We want to promote the research and production of medicines made from cannabis, marijuana, as we do with any natural element that can alleviate illnesses and pain.” Another South American country Uruguay has fully legalized cannabis in 2013.