The case involved a young man arrested with almost 80 grams of marijuana. A psychologist testified that the man was an addict, which is strange, since last I heard pot was not addictive (altho some people do become very dependant) and that the marijuana was for his own use. The court ruled that the police should direct their efforts against dealers, not consumers.
The guy's still got to go to jail, since the amount he possessed was far more than the old 'minimum dosis.' Now, let's see whether a change in policy filters down to the cops now searching thru college kids' backpacks on Bogotá streets so they can chase muggers and rapists instead.
|What have you got in there? Patting kids down near La Plaza del Chorro, in La Candelaria.|
|A captured drug sub. How many got away?|
Just for fun, I Googled the phrase "golpe al narcotrafico" (a blow to narcotrafficking) snd got more than six million results. That's an amazing number of blows for an industry to take, and continue functioning - especially one that doesn't receive any government subsidies.
Colombia's coca leaf harvest has been reduced in recent years (but, then, so has its coffee harvest), but coca leaf production has meanwhile increased in Peru and Bolivia. Most likely, with a nationalist president now in power in Peru, that nation's drug war cooperation will also decline.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours