War on drugs! Colombia is significant with drug cartels and narco-traffickers!

War on drugs! Colombia is significant with drug cartels and narco-traffickers!

Updated on August 22, 2022 18:47 PM by Ella Bina

War on drugs!

It is a global campaign led by the U.S. federal government of drug prohibition, military aid, and military intervention to reduce the illegal drug trade in the United States. The initiative includes a set of drug policies intended to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of psychoactive drugs that participating governments and the U.N. made illegal.

Largest narcotics procedure!

Colombia is significant with drug cartels and narco-traffickers. Last year, the U.S. government estimated it was producing over one million kilograms of cocaine, one of the world's largest narcotics producers, and its highest in the world for the two closest nations: Peru and Bolivia. Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced that the war on drugs had been a complete failure during his inauguration festivities.

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Colombia's law allows the production of Cannabis for medical purposes that have been exported to foreign markets like the United States and Canada. Cannabis can push farmers away from drug trafficking and into the legal trade. Drug trafficking is one of the powerful sources of revenue for these outlaws, banning drug trade and consumption from hitting the criminals in their pockets.

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Colombia produces drugs!

Drug trade despite the money, Colombia produces more drugs than when Pablo Escobar was alive, and there are more consumers and farmers. The United States legalized Marijuana at home and supported drug wars abroad, such as in Colombia, where Washington sends millions of dollars every year to arm and Colombian train forces in their struggle against the cartels. An interdisciplinary panel investigating over 50 years of civil conflict in Colombia found that drug trafficking helped prolong the conflict despite almost $8 billion in military aid from the U.S. to Colombia.

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Illegal agriculture!

Marijuana in Colombia is grown by small-scale farmers. It cannot afford the pharmaceutical licenses required to produce medical Cannabis as they sell its product to drug cartels. Mostly in the southwestern department of Cauca, marijuana and poppy growers works as a lobbying group for illicit farmers estimating that up to 3000 families depend on illegal Marijuana as the main source. Compared to legal agricultural products like fruits and vegetables, Marijuana and coca leaves don't spoil for days and sell at a higher price per kilogram.

A small change in Marijuana!

The flow of illegal drugs, mostly cocaine produced in Colombia and sold in international markets from Europe to North America to Asia, was worth up to 3.8% of the Colombian GDP or $7.5 million at the time. Marijuana plays a larger role that was worth 0.75% of the Colombian GDP of $2.18 million. The largest producers of cocaine in the world are Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru.

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