Colombian indigenous group gets license to produce medical cannabis in Colombia

Indigenous woman expect to creat more than 2000 jobs in the area
July 13, 2020

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In Valle del Cauca, a group of indigenous people received its first license to produce medical cannabis legally.

We are talking about a group of women from the indigenous community of Misak who, on 15 May, were granted their first farming license. The Cauca department produces almost all the illegal cannabis in the country and now, for the first time in history, indigenous people will be able to harness their knowledge in ancestral medicinal plants.

The license issued by the Ministry of Justice grants permission to produce non-psychoactive cannabis without limit of plants or hectares to sow. To get to this point, the community had to collect 10 million pesos (approximately $2800) and meet legal requirements.

This achievement could be the beginning of a new image to the stigmatized Valle del Cauca whose fame has been soiled by audiovisual representation in different series that portray the life of Colombian drug traffickers. The war is relatively new, the plant has been sown at least two centuries ago.

"A destigmatized by illicit crops and conflict, like plant, that we indigenous peoples have used ancestrally as medicine. That is why for us this project is a great challenge, but also a hope for the department, and an opportunity to work for peace." Liliana Pechené,indigenous leader to the newspaper El Tiempo.

The project, which aims to begin in 2021, has the support of the community and national and international universities. Once the submission by the Misak  Manasr Indigenous Pharma Society, the name of the project led by  Pechené,100 people will be used directly, as well as another 500 indirectly.

Among them, families who were part of the armed conflict. Peasants and Afro-Colombians who had always paid the consequences of the war on drugs. Since its mission is to become an important company within and outside the national territory, leaders will employ various profiles among them: agronomists, doctors, lawyers, and academics.

Since medical cannabis legalization, the Ministry of Justice has issued approximately 660 crop licenses. According to official data, permits for non-psychoactive flowers are 394, 164 for psychoactive flowers and 98 license for seed production.

Since 2017, when Colombia regulated the production of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, and until 30 April this year, the Ministry of Justice had issued 656 cannabis cultivation licenses in the country.



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