Weekly Report - 14 September 2023 (WR-23-37)

COLOMBIA: New drugs policy promises big changes

With new figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) putting Colombian coca production at an all-time high, the timing was apt for President Gustavo Petro’s government to release its much-awaited counter-narcotics strategy. The 83-page document, which was unveiled on 9 September, outlines a raft of proposed measures to take Colombian drug policy in a more progressive direction over the next decade. Whilst some of these proposals build upon pre-existing ideas, such as assisting coca farmers to transition to legal crops, others, such as the establishment of a regulated legal coca market, are more radical and would require the support of congress.

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