Feb 02, 2013.
Ruth Stella Correa, Colombia’s Minister for Justice and Law, has proclaimed that her country’s government will be proposing to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of synthetic drugs. Additionally, a drug policy advisory commission will be laboring to revise Colombia’s drug law, and upon completion a proposal will be drafted and submitted to congress.
Colombia has already successfully decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and cocaine; Minister Correa’s legislation would encompass users of drugs such as ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine.
“The proposal aims to standardize the amount of drugs already permitted, while also allowing an equivalent quantity of synthetic drugs,” Correa proclaims.
Minister Correa touches on a vital variable that the United States government should take under serious contemplation when discussing the efficacy of the current laws concerning illegal drug use; we too are a nation of consumers.
“We have to accept that Colombia is a consumer country — this is also our reality — and being a consumer country, we can’t just throw drug users in jail, but we must look after them,” Correa declared. What a novel idea: refrain from incarcerating recreational drug consumers and offer those with addictions the chance to receive help.
“I don’t see the risk in establishing a personal use amount of synthetic drugs, since we are only trying to clarify things to achieve treatment for addicts and users, not to send them to prison,” Minister Correa affirmed.
Are you paying attention, United States government? This isn’t a pipe dream the minister is having, and yes, her proposal may seem somewhat radical, but at least its solution oriented rather than an antiquated notion that is the present war on tokers.
Colombia’s Former President Alvaro Uribe was quite vigilant in his efforts to remove the drug decriminalization laws during his presidency, fortunately for his country’s citizens his efforts were to no avail.
Former President Uribe was quick to offer his response to Minister Correa’s decriminalization proposal. “With this personal use amount, what they are doing is validating the actions of the dealers and not taking them to prison, nor are they taking the addicts to the hospital,” he complained.
Furthermore he feels decriminalizing synthetic drug possession would only “further enslave the youth and drug more assassins to kill more people,” Uribe declared.
Minister Correa is certain with her county’s government shifting its support toward a more public health approach to drug use that this is an opportune time to lobby for reform.
The mindset of Colombia’s government seems to be leaning in the direction of compassion and understanding for its country’s populace. Clearly the archaic tactics currently being employed by the United States government aren’t proving successful, so they should definitely be open to a new strategy, right? Please don’t hold your breath waiting for the government to respond, it could prove to be detrimental to your health.
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Colombia Seeks To Decriminalize Synthetic Drug Possession.