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Colombia urges global approach to legalising drugs

Published on Jan 24, 2014 9:40 PM

DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has called for a scientifically backed international effort to weigh the consequences of legalising marijuana, urging a coherent joint policy to tackle the scourge of drugs.

"We must approach this problem internationally, otherwise we'll take it from one place to another," Mr Santos said, speaking on Thursday at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

The issue of whether to legalise drug use for personal use has shot to the fore since Uruguay in December became the first country in the world to oversee the production and distribution of marijuana.

The law authorises the production, distribution and sale of marijuana, allows individuals to grow their own on a small scale, and creates consumer clubs - all under state supervision and control.

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