Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and a key player in the decades-long drug war. However, since electing its first leftist president and government, the country is proposing an experiment–to decriminalize cocaine and start a government-regulated drug market. Colombia argues that having a drug policy instead of drug prohibition would protect poor farmers and bring down drug profits and trafficking. Colombian President Petro has appointed a drug economist to reach out to other leftist cocaine-producing countries in Latin America–like Bolivia and Peru–to discuss drug decriminalization at the regional level before taking it to the international stage.
It’s a bold, unprecedented move in a country that used to be historically conservative. Pray for Colombia today.