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Colombia, a country that has suffered greatly under the stigma of the illegal drug trade, has an opportunity to reinvent itself with the cultivation of a plant that for decades has been controlled by illegal groups: marijuana.

A 2016 law regulating the use of cannabis for scientific and medicinal purposes has been decisive in this regard. The law, which came into effect last year, allows for the legal cultivation of up to 40.5 tonnes, 44 per cent of the limit allowed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

There are already around 70 companies in the country with licenses issued by the Colombian Ministry of Health and Justice to legally cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, the authorities acknowledged in 2018 that there were still 234 hectares of illicit marijuana crops in the country, which generate more than 900 tons of illegal cannabis with more than…

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