Colombia gave a major push to rebooting its marijuana industry this week by awarding its first license for medical marijuana production to a Canadian company with big plans.
The move marks a changing shift in attitudes toward cannabis in a country that has long been at the center of the U.S.-led war on drugs. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to enforce crop eradication and prohibition.
While cocaine is still strictly forbidden, Colombia’s congress voted to legalize medical marijuana in May. Now the South American country is turning to the multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry in an effort to create jobs in rural areas. [Read more at Fusion]