In Colombia, you’re allowed to have up to 20 marijuana plants (if you’re a citizen, foreigners get extorted by the police for far far less) regardless of their size. That’s why street vendors sell them all the time, everywhere. In the Bogota neighborhood where I first stayed (it’s called Parkway) every morning this old guy with a cart would sell mangos, pineapples and avocados. And marijuana plants. Just like that, right on his cart, in the middle of the street. This photo here was taken on a busy street in Bogota, full of people and vendors. And the dude was selling marijuana right next to cacti and other random household weeds. It was amazing to see the policeman and his dog walk by, without so much as glancing at the the vendor. Colombia’s government made the decision to legalize marijuana in 2015. Perhaps because the country had just freed itself from much bloodier crimes tham um…plants. Yet it’s a legislation that few other countries in the world, even those who are supposed to be developed, would soon consider. Colombians are simply going back to their roots and the medicines their ancestors have used for thousands of years. If you see this as shameful drug-pushing, consider how many other benefits canabis has – its seeds are super rich in protein (and damn delicious!), you can make extremely strong ropes and clothing from it, not to mention relieve chronic pain without any side effects or risk of addiction. Just before socialist times in Bulgaria, we had thousands of acres of canabis. Do you think it’s possible to refocus on it as a beneficial and sustainable crop, rather than a drug?
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