Cultivation of Marijuana and Poppy for Medicinal Purposes

The President of Guatemala has again stated in international forums the need to radically reform anti drug policies.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

A Guatemala Commission is to propose legalizing marijuana and poppy for medicinal use

The Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina, said today in Panama, after participating in the first plenary of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, that later this year, the National Commission for Reform of Drug Policy could suggest that a bill be presented to Congress to legalize marijuana and poppies for medicinal use in the country.

"The necessary actions will be taken, it could go to an initiative to legalize certain products," he said when asked by international media.

When questioned about some examples he answered "marijuana, planting. The other -drug- that we are exploring is the legalization of crops on the border with Mexico (poppy), to be controlled and sold for medicinal purposes."

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