Will Colombia legalize cocaine? The nation’s president declares the war on drugs lost

Colombian President Gustavo Petro sensationally declared that the war on drugs had failed in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and proposed sweeping changes to the country’s drug laws that could lead to the legalization of cocaine.

In response to Petro’s comments, the nation’s former president Ivan Duque, 46, told FOX News that he believes the current president’s views could lead to the legalization of the drug – and potentially threaten the United States.

“What worries me is that there is now an opportunity to interfere with the authorization or legalization of cocaine and use,” Duque said Friday.

“I think it’s going to be very bad for Colombia, and it’s going to be very bad for countries in the hemisphere, and I think it could also pose a majority security threat to the United States.”

Petro, 62, who took office on August 4, said that “humanity’s addiction to irrational power, profit and money” is more pernicious than drug addiction.

“What is more toxic to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?” he asked the congregation.

“The mind of power has decreed that cocaine is poison and must be prosecuted while causing minimal overdose deaths… but instead, coal and oil must be protected even if it may wipe out all of humanity.”

According to CNN, Colombia is currently the world’s largest producer of cocaine and has become known for its drug trade. It produces more than the next two largest nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, 62, opened his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly by stating,

Former President Ivan Buque said comments from Petro and the nation's recent legalization of marijuana could lead to the possible legalization of cocaine

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, 62, opened his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly by stating, “The war on drugs has failed.”

Texas border officials earlier this month smuggled in nearly $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes – the state’s biggest drug bust in 20 years.

The drugs were seized at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge near the city of Laredo, 100 miles from San Antonio, after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers gave a second inspection of a 2016 Stoughton trailer.

They uncovered 1,935 packages containing nearly a tonne (1,532.65 pounds) of suspected cocaine in the shipment after they brought out the sniffer dogs and conducted a non-intrusive probe of the inspection system.

The month before, more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a truck attempting to enter the United States disguised as “juice” in the same city.

Texas border officials discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the loot, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400

Texas border officials discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the loot, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400

Petro pointed out that the conflict over energy resources has resulted in more deaths than drug trafficking.

Petro pointed out that the conflict over energy resources has resulted in more deaths than drug trafficking. “What is more toxic to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?” he asked

Pictured: coca paste, an extract from the coca leaf. Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia combined

Pictured: coca paste, an extract from the coca leaf. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia combined

During his presidential campaign, Petro stated that he wanted Colombia to export food and encourage agricultural production in favor of cocaine and weapons.

Colombian Senator Gustavo Bolivar supported Petro’s statements, adding that he believes recent regulation of marijuana could extend to cocaine.

Efforts to combat drug trafficking in Colombia have grown even as the nation continues to spend money to fight it, he said.

“We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,” he continued.

“Not even the United States, with all its power and money, could win the war on drugs. Colombia is now producing more drugs than when Pablo Escobar was alive. There are more consumers. There are more farmers.”

A report by the Truth Commission, which investigated 50 years of Colombia’s civil war, found that despite $8 billion in US military aid being sent to Colombia in military aid, drug trafficking prolonged the conflict.

An estimated 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the drug war.

Pictured: Ivan Buque. The former president added that legalizing cocaine could pose safety risks in the United States

Pictured: Ivan Buque. The former president added that legalizing cocaine could pose safety risks in the United States

Pictured: The Colombian Navy recovers a ton and a half of packages of cocaine. According to one report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the drug war

Pictured: The Colombian Navy recovers a ton and a half of packages of cocaine. According to one report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the drug war

Duque supplemented his argument by saying that 40 percent of Colombia’s exports come from oil and gas.

As Petro hopes to transition from the war on drugs to a focus on climate change efforts, Duque said the new president must consider the nation’s future.

“There is a transition underway and Colombia can become a green hydrogen exporter in the next decade, but so far we have to keep the balance of doing a good job when it comes to oil and gas in terms of exports at the Production goes,’ Duque said.

“At the same time, we must continue to expand non-conventional renewable energies.”

Although $8 billion in military aid has been sent to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, a report suggests that the increase in drug trafficking has only led to more conflict

Although $8 billion in military aid has been sent to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, a report suggests that the increase in drug trafficking has only led to more conflict

Pictured: The fumigation process of coca plants.

Pictured: The fumigation process of coca plants. “We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,” said a Colombian senator

Pictured: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony. In a response to Petro's speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would

Pictured: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony. In a response to Petro’s speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would “like to hear a very concrete proposal on this.”

During his address, Petro said the global effort to save the environment is “hypocritical” as world leaders ignore the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

“The climate catastrophe that will kill hundreds of millions of people is not caused by the planet but by capital,” he said.

“Through the logic of consuming more and more, producing more and more, and for some, earning more and more.”

After hearing Petro’s suggestions, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would like to continue talks between the two nations on how regulations could be relaxed.

“He shared with us the ideas that he talked about today,” Arce said. “We’d like to hear a very specific proposal on that.”

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