“What is being sought is the decriminalization of drugs and not legalization”: Ernesto Samper

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The former president spoke about the policy that seeks to promote the regularization of drugs in Colombia

 “What is being sought is the decriminalization of drugs and not legalize”: Ernesto Samper

The former president referred to the construction of the metro in Bogotá. Photo: Colprensa

Among the attendees of the VIII meeting of Grupo Puebla, the former president Ernesto Samper, met with several former leaders to talk about the energy transition to care for the environment as well as economic and political issues. In addition to this, at the end of the meeting he referred to the policy that seeks to promote a regulation of drugs in Colombia .

Samper assured that it is necessary to < b>discriminate against drug use and establish sanctions of a social nature. “The policy that is being handled within has generated confusion, since what is being sought is the decriminalization of drugs and not legalization. It is giving coca growers alternatives to replace what they do so that they are given other alternatives to the use of the plant”, said the former president.

It does not mean that the cartels are not being persecuted on issues such as asset laundering and asset forfeiture, it is not about lowering our guard, but rather raising it where it must be raised”, Ernesto indicated.

In addition, Samper pointed out that one cannot speak of legalizing, but of responsible consumption thought of recreational and medicinal purposes.

Similarly, the former president explained that legalization and discrimination are two different processes. “I believe that we must distinguish between what is legalization, which is the absolute permit of production, distribution and consumption, from what is discrimination. For certain links in the drug chain, due to their weak condition (let's say), there are no punitive sanctions, they are not put in jail, for example, in the case of small coca-growing peasants.”

Regarding the legalization of marijuana in the United States, he made a comparison with what has been a beneficial project for some states, however, it has not been accepted to do so in Colombia.

In the United States there are eight or nine states that have legalized marijuana. There the cannabis cigarette if they send it here is fine, but if we send it from here to there, it's a problem”, pointed out the former president.

In fact, Erenesto Samper He mentioned that you have to have a rigid posture regarding drug trafficking, and above all, be careful with carrying out this process that “has to be done progressively”.

For its On the other hand, the former president highlighted about a single currency, it is something that takes time and that implies synchronizing the macroeconomic policies of each country, so it is something gradual: “That is not that tomorrow was born the sucre and then we are all going to buy and sell in sucres, macroeconomic policies must be tuned, there must be agreements in the central banks” adding that in Europe it took 20 years to reach the euro.

The VIII Meeting of the Puebla Group brought together former presidents José Luis Zapatero (Spain), Leonel Fernández (Dominican Republic), Ernesto Samper (Colombia), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) ). The incumbent presidents, Luis Arce (Bolivia), Alberto Fernández (Argentina) and Xiomara Castro (Honduras), connected virtually.