Colombia's Santos says backs marijuana use for medical purposes - World

August 14, 2014 9:58 PM

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday he supported the use of marijuana for medical use as a means to ease the suffering of terminally ill patients and deprive criminals of profits from the illegal trade in the drug.

The battle against drugs has failed because of its high cost in human lives and economic impact for countries like Colombia and Mexico, calling for an alternative expert-led and evidence-based approach, Santos told a forum on illegal drugs in Bogota.

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