RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The bill was proposed by Senators Ivan Marulanda and Feliciano Valencia, who say they want to "open up the conversation to public opinion" about Colombia’s relationship with the lucrative party drug. They argue that legalisation would save the South American country hundreds of millions of dollars and strip power from violent criminal groups.
According to Marulanda, the bill"proposes that the state buy the entirety of Colombia’s coca harvest" from the country’s 200,000 farmers involved in growing the cocaine ingredient. He says that a billion dollars are spent by the state each . . .