A youth smokes marijuana cigarettes using a papaya during a rally in support of legalizing marijuana in Medellin, Colombia, May 2013. AP Photo, Luis Benavides

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law.

It will regulate regulating everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana, Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said.

Click here to read the complete article

Joshua Goodman ~ Associated Press ~

Recent News Articles

Thursday October 24

U.S. Support for Legal Marijuana Steady in Past Year - Cannabis News

in Top Stories

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Americans' support for legalizing marijuana has held steady at 66% over the past year, after…

2093 hits

Thursday October 24

Medical pot on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits - Cannabis News

in Law & Crime

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws as…

1800 hits

Thursday October 24

Getting Buff While Baked: Should You Workout On Weed? - Cannabis News

in Sports

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Joints and jumping jacks. Marijuana and mountain climbers. They might sound like unlikely bedfellows —…

1877 hits

Thursday October 24

Pennsylvania patients protest medical pot prices - Cannabis News

in Activism

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

About two dozen medical marijuana patients protested outside the state Health Department on Wednesday to…

1841 hits

Friday October 25

Can cannabis help with Crohn’s disease? Doctors and patients weigh in - Cannabis News

in Medical News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Can cannabis help with the symptoms of Crohn’s disease? This is a popular question, with…

1550 hits