Colombian President Gustavo Petra sensationally declared that the “war on drugs has failed” in his first address to United Nations The General Assembly on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes to the nation’s drug laws that could end up legalizing cocaine.
The change, which would mean a historic hotspot in America’s drug war would now become the world’s largest legal supplier of cocaine, could have a devastating impact on
In response to Piotr’s statements, the former president of the country, 46-year-old Ivan Duke, spoke FOX News that he believes the views of the current president could lead to the legalization of drugs – and possibly threaten the United States.
“What worries me is that now there is an opportunity to get a permit or to legalize 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 create a major security threat to the United States.”
Petro, 62, who began his term on August 4, said “humanity’s obsession with irrational power, profit and money” had caused more damage than drug addiction.
“Which is more poisonous to mankind: cocaine, coal or oil?” he asked the crowd.
“Power opinion dictated that cocaine was poison and should be prosecuted while causing only a minimal number of overdose deaths … but instead that coal and oil should be protected even though they could destroy all of humanity.”
According to the data, Colombia is currently the world’s largest producer of cocaine CNN, and became known for its drug dealing. It produces more than the next two largest countries, Peru and Bolivia, combined.
Colombia’s 62-year-old president, Gustavo Petra, began his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly by declaring that the “war on drugs has failed.”
Earlier this month, Texas Border Patrol agents hauled in nearly $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes, the state’s largest drug bust in 20 years.
The drugs were seized on the Columbia Solidarity Bridge near the city of Laredo, a hundred miles from San Antonio, after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted a repeat inspection of the 2016 Stoughton trailer.
They discovered 1,935 packages containing nearly a ton (1,532.65 pounds) of suspected cocaine in the shipment after they brought out sniffer dogs and used a non-intrusive inspection system.
A month earlier, in the same city, more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a cargo truck trying to enter the United States under the guise of “juice.”
Texas Border Patrol discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the haul, which is valued at $11,818,400
Petro suggested that the energy conflict has caused more deaths than the drug trade. “Which is more poisonous to mankind: cocaine, coal or oil?” he asked
In the photo: coca paste, coca leaf extract. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two countries, Peru and Bolivia, combined
During his presidential campaign, Petro said he wanted Colombia to export food and boost agricultural production in favor of cocaine and weapons.
Colombian Senator Gustavo Bolivar echoed Petro’s statements, adding that he believed the recent regulation of marijuana could also apply to cocaine.
Efforts to combat drug trafficking in Colombia have increased, even as the country continues to spend money to fight it, he said.
“We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate the drug trade,” he continued.
“Even the United States, with all its might and money, cannot win the war on drugs. Colombia now produces more drugs than Pablo Escobar did during his lifetime. There were more consumers. There are more farmers.”
A report by the Truth Commission, which investigated Colombia’s 50-year civil conflict, found that drug trafficking prolonged the conflict despite $8 billion in military aid sent from the United States to Colombia.
An estimated 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs.
In the photo: Ivan Dzyuk. The former president added that the legalization of cocaine could lead to a threat to security in the United States
In the photo: the Colombian Navy recovers one and a half tons of bags of cocaine. According to the report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs
Duque added to his argument by saying that 40 percent of Colombia’s exports come from oil and gas.
While Pietro hopes to move from the war on drugs to climate change efforts, Duque said the new president needs to think about the country’s future.
“There is a transition and in the next decade Colombia can become an exporter of green hydrogen, but until then we need to maintain balance and do well when it comes to oil and gas in terms of exporting production.” Duque said.
“At the same time, we must continue to expand the use of non-conventional renewable energy sources.”
Despite $8 billion in military aid sent to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, the report finds that the rise in drug trafficking has only led to more conflict
In the photo: the process of fumigation of coca plants. “We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,” said one Colombian senator
In the photo: Gustav Petra at the swearing-in ceremony. In response to Peter’s address, Bolivian President Luis Arce said that “I would like to hear a very specific proposal on this matter.”
During his speech, Pietro said global efforts to save the environment were “hypocritical” as world leaders ignored 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.
“By logic, consumption is more and more, production is more and more, and some earn more and more.”
After listening to Petro’s proposals, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would like to continue discussions between the two countries on how the rules can be relaxed.
“He shared with us the ideas he talked about today,” Arce said.
“We would like to hear a very specific proposal on this.”