TODAY COLOMBIA (AP) — Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree on Tuesday December 22, legalizing the growing and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, a dramatic shift in a country long identified with US-backed policies to stamp out drug crops, Yahoo! News noted.
Under the Colombian law, anyone who wants to grow marijuana is required to apply to the National Narcotics Council to secure a license.
According to studies, marijuana can be used for different diseases such as Crohn’s disease, seizures, HIV, epilepsy and nausea.
“We have just taken an important step to place Colombia in the vanguard of the fight against disease and we’re doing it via a decree that seeks to take advantage of the benefits of cannabis to improve people’s lives,” the Colombian president said in a ceremony where he was escorted by Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria.
To read more: http://qcostarica.com/colombia-legalizes-medical-marijuana/
DAKOTA CITY, Neb. | Tommy Garrett said people shouldn’t get the wrong impression when they see his hair pulled into a pony tail and learn he backs the legalization of medical marijuana.
Garrett, a Nebraska state senator from Bellevue, traveled to Dakota City Wednesday to rally support for his bill to legalize the use of marijuana by people with certain debilitating conditions.
“You might think I’m a stoner,” Garrett said, noting that he’s never consumed marijuana. “I’m about as straight as they come.”
Two Nebraska residents joined Garrett in a press conference at the Dakota County Courthouse to encourage people to prod lawmakers to pass the bill Garrett has led. Marijuana is a federally illegal drug, but some states have passed measures so people can use cannabis for relief from pain.
To read more: http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/nebraskans-seek-passage-of-medical-marijuana-use/article_6f42598c-fc6d-5ea7-bddf-163bb08580a7.html