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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Colombia's New President Gustavo Petro Set to Reshape Drug Laws

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Colombian President-Elect Gustavo Petro is the first guerilla-turned-president. He is a former member of M-19.

Gustavo Petro, the recently elected president of Colombia, is preparing an initiative with the purpose of achieving peace in his country, subjected for decades to the empire of drug trafficking and guerrillas. With the latter, important steps were taken five years ago, but criminal organizations generate a good part of the violence in that country, and Petro is considering sitting down to negotiate legal proceedings with them in which the drug traffickers win, achieving less severe penalties and Colombia wins by returning to peace

He has a whole plan, as we read in an interesting note published by the magazine Proceso last week and, although he expects resistance, he is willing to carry it out. The president-elect starts from the conviction that the war on drugs has been a failure and that other methods must be implemented to decriminalize the country and achieve the peace that is demanded. This is possible? It will be seen, but the truth is that they will try above the table and we will know the results.

The fight against drug trafficking is a problem that the country has had for more than 50 years and a challenge for the elected Head of State Gustavo Petro. The leader of the Historical Pact who obtained a vote of more than 11 million votes will have to face a country that has produced, according to DEA data, more than 1,000 tons of cocaine in the last 10 years.

Precisely Felipe Tascón, who is in charge of directing the Petro government's joint team on drug issues, pointed out the importance of generating a different approach to the policy of fighting drug trafficking, taking into account" the historical problem of drugs, but they talk about the problems that the prohibition of drugs has generated,” he told radio station La W.

Land Substitution

On the subject of land substitution, he indicated that there are several factors that must be addressed in order not to believe that eradication consists only of eliminating illegal crops: “In specific reference to the substitution program, there is a radical difference, we agree that it is not possible to speak substitution of dry crops, what needs to be replaced is the entire production process”.

Regarding the struggle, he pointed out that the substitution is not only of a crop and recalled that in the peace agreement one of the aspects indicated is the reforms to agriculture to give guarantees to the countryside and the peasant.

“Let us place ourselves in the situation of peasant families who are forced to work in an illicit economy, they take the risk of getting into something illicit in exchange for guaranteeing us income that allows them to survive. Normally they are in peripheral regions, where the State does not exist, where there is no way to market legal products because it is very expensive to get them out, because there are no market guarantees, etc. Precisely what needs to be done is a substantial change that any substitution hypothesis must be of the entire production process and not only that of cultivation”.

This argument had already been previously exposed by the elected Head of State precisely to La W: “There are no peasants abandoned in paramos and jungles where the only thing they can cultivate is the illegal economy because there is no other way, but that the peasantry can be strengthened and have rights in Colombia, that agrarian world that, because it is not agrarian, is backward or past, on the contrary, that agrarian world needs an institutional framework and transformations, a lot of international support is needed here”.

Also, one of the points that Petro has highlighted since his presidential campaign and even in his tenure as a Senator was the decline of glyphosate spraying as a method of crop eradication due to the consequences it would generate on the health of peasants, something that he has reaffirmed.

Legalization & Decriminalization

Another point on the agenda of the president-elect in the fight against drug trafficking is the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, as indicated by a congressman from the Historical Pact on the Caracol Radio frequency.

“There is a project to regulate recreational cannabis, what is so serious that it is going to happen because we had already presented it in the last legislature. It managed to pass in the first commission, they didn't put it in plenary because precisely the boards of directors tend to manipulate the entire agenda, and they never scheduled it for the entire semester, so it sank. But, today with that overwhelming majority, I hope that this alliance is programmatic and that all the parties that have joined the government coalition support it. That was one of our initiatives that are campaign promises, also, of Gustavo Petro,” said Senator Gustavo Bolívar.

But that legalization would not be limited only to this plant, also others such as coca, poppy, and even mushrooms would be included in a new project, which, as revealed in a letter signed by other senators and representatives to the chamber, and would be presented in two weeks.

“The undersigned congressmen, together with the intersectoral junction commission on drug policy, indigenous, afro and peasant associations announce to the public that in the next two weeks a bill will be presented to regulate the use of the leaf coca, poppy, mushrooms, and their derivatives for adult and medicinal use. Likewise, we will present an institutional reform for drug policy”, is part of the letter presented by Senator Bolívar and 15 other congressmen.

Negotiations with Criminal Organizations

It may seem naive, but in the Colombian case, for example, the Petro team assured that the leaders of Medellín -what was left of Pablo Escobar's organization-, which continue to operate, are willing to enter this negotiation process. In Mexico, the president outlined something like this during his campaign, but those in front of him jumped on him and he abandoned the idea, only to end with the fact that hugs are better than bullets. (And his wife Beatriz is there asking the assassins to read because reading will keep them away from weapons) Is this a strategy and a plan? No: it's a mess.

It won't be easy for Gustavo Petro and it wouldn't be easy for Mexico if something like this were thought of. One of the biggest obstacles would be the US government because the war is convenient for them. That's how it's been all my life. For this reason, he opposes the decriminalization of drugs, although in more than 20 states of the American Union it has already been achieved.

A comprehensive plan would be required that involves all spheres of government, powers, society, and, of course, the will of the criminal leaders.

Sources Infobae, Riodoce

47 comments:

  1. Rastojos and Urabenos are trying to reach a deal with the new government. I wouldn't think cocaine trafficking could get any bigger in Colombia but its a about to.

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    1. Your useless opinion matters!

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    1. There will no longer be anymore talk about Patrisse Cullors here. Take your meaningless narrative elsewhere.

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    2. Damn sol
      Your nuts finally dropped?
      Thank you nevertheless kinda sick of the juanrambo idiot too.

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    3. Hearst and I have had lots of ongoing discussions on improving everything at BB. A lot of what all happens here comes down to time and availability though. As always it's a work in progress. There are plans to grow bigger and better. Among other things.

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    4. Get rid of SIR he’s a progressive socialist communist liberal piece of shit!

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    5. Blog Administrators Lives Matter

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    6. @2:40 FACTS ! I second the motion!

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    7. @1:55 dem nuts dropped in yo mouf!

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    8. SIR is none of that. He's just here for fun.

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    9. @2:40 well it's like I've always told you guys. We all see the world differently. If his views or someone else's are bothering you then don't waste time reading the comments section. Or at the very least just learn how to be mentally stronger. Because if your adversaries comments are getting to you. Then it just shows how influential they are within your mindset.

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    10. Sir must have said a Jiberish comment, that pissed Sol off.

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    11. 2:40
      Your right he is and does act as a progressive socialist he loves Lopez Obradors views, even though Grampa is off his rocker, he should retire.

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    12. Ignorantes...
      blame others for their problems and shortcomings...
      "Forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing"
      Said some very wise young man.

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    13. What you mean El Zombie

      Is a progressive socialist?
      Damn no wonder he is always kissing obradors azz.

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  3. Just onother puppet for the U.S of A..
    Loooooonnngggg list in Mexico down to south America..
    Get with the program or get on a most wanted list just like Venezuela presidents who are anti 🇺🇸..
    Why you think the Mexican pupets NARCOpresidents are untouchable?

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    1. 12:43 venezuelans and their government are not anti-US.
      Americans and the US is not Anti-Venezuelan, but some investors want to get the Venezuelan oil to exploit for another hundred years, because they did not get enough during the first 100 years of exploitation that left the venezuelan people impoverished and now boycotted courtesy of those who pay their lobbyists to buy government favors, lately the Grupo De Lima and their presidente Guaidó...
      LOL, GUAIDO SPENT THE MONEY for his revolution in Colombian Bordellos...

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    2. 12:43 Another useless opinion and a good opportunity to talk shit about Mexico... not new, crackhead! ☺

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  4. Makes me want to go to Colombia now

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    1. No shiz I am thinking of investing in a marijuana plantation in Colombia but if I can grow coca opium mushrooms and weed well damn need I say more

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    2. 1:44 don't forget you will be taxed/extorted up the ass with fees from the government and gangs.

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    3. What about meth farms?

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    4. 3:48 Sir would be happy to taste your product for free

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    5. 1:44 is a gringo looking to get extorted in colombia

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  5. Have you noticed that these types of leaders have now been put in Office in most countries in south América?Just a coincidence?

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    1. Ya it’s called populism + voting

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    2. No puto its called Marxism and the NWO. Why dont you move to Cuba tu pinche cobarde.

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    3. You mean Scandinavia

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    4. Have you noticed that it's the change of the times not no mystery cabal "installing" leaders. It's called harm reduction but it's not the only thing.

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    5. Why does it matter when planet earth cant sustain more than 10 billón people. We are now at 8 billion. That what viruses are for. No doubt this blog is woke but who cares. Lot of guys just here to find a connection to traffic narcóticos. Also clear that FBI and DEA post here too. You are not telling them what they dont already know.

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    6. The planet can't even sustain 6 billion people but who cares? At least some are being sustained. Viruses are ver inefficient at killing people. Body count is too low. As for YOU, go to school and get as good as an education as you so you can sustain yourself and to tell us how to run the world.

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    7. Wharton school of business is a good choice, former president Donald Trump faked his admissions to get in there, and Jeff Fort of famous El Rukn Nation also studied there to graduate to prison where EL CHAPO is a graduate student,
      in Florence ADX?

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    8. 7.55. You are an asshole. I am a doctor in Mexico. The designer viruses that are being manufactured and will be released soon will kill millones, maybe billones. You have never heard the élite talking about population reduction. Attacking peoples DNA also coming. You will suffer for your many sins. Even your socialista Friends say Climate Change will destroy Earth soon.

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  6. Legalization of marijuana would be a step in the right direction, controlled and taxed like alcohol and cigarettes. Legalization of cocaine, opium and meth is another matter. These drugs should never be legalized.
    His answer is to put up the white flag and negotiate with terrorists. You can never negotiate with terrorists.

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    1. they said shrooms not meth

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    2. What do you mean should never be legalized? Prohibition doesn’t stop people from using them even slightly. If you think drugs are bad and dangerous you should still support legalization of them. Using drugs has nothing to do with legalizing drugs.

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  7. institute the death penalty for drug trafficking's and there won't be any drug problems.

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    1. The Philippines would like a word with you

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    2. 8:26, would like to see your face when they shot you for being a drug dealer. You might not be one but getting your girl or car is much cheaper when you are dead.

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    3. There’s countries which do that and still have plenty of drug trafficking. The filipino president’s son literally got caught trafficking major amounts of meth.

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    4. In the Philippines it's okay to sell meth as long as it is Philippine Made Meth..

      But if it's from CDS / Caputo's then you get executed by the government

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    5. So the presidents son is dead.

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    6. Instant death penalty, as arrest torture, disappearance, extortion for looking like a drug dealer "or a communist" is the way to show work or at least make money while looking like a dedicated patriot, people
      Bladdermir putin, tromp, duterte, joe Mc carthy, and their followers, rudi giulianni was a dedicated crime fighter making business easy for the Red Mafiya and kept the blinders on the US for soo many years until his excrementicious relationships exposed his ass.
      Regulate, tax and let drugs be.

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