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Colombian Government Sparks Legal Cultivation Market by Replacing Rebels With Cannabis Companies

Colombian Government Sparks Legal Cultivation Market by Replacing Rebels With Cannabis Companies

Last year, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos struck up a historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (better known as FARC), the country’s largest rebel group. After over 50 years of war, the government finally regained control of the mountainous territory previously used for the rebel’s drug trafficking operation.

Looking to capitalize on the cannabis production once headed by FARC, the Colombian government eased up on their strict drug enforcement. The country first ushered in their medical marijuana law back in 2015, but are just now preparing to allow companies to legally grow the crop.

By taking over land used by FARC to cultivate cannabis and replacing it with their own agricultural setup, the government has made an unprecedented move, especially for South America. Not only will the country have better access to medical marijuana, but workers who depended on the illegal drug trade to feed…

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