Aphria’s Colombian Subsidiary, Colcanna, Inks Exclusive Agreement With Colombian Medical Federation

CANADA:  Aphria announced that its Colombian subsidiary has signed an exclusive agreement with the Federación Médica Colombiana, a national guild that oversees the ethical exercise of the medical profession in Colombia, to jointly develop an academic curriculum on the medicinal use of cannabis.

“Education in the medical community is critical for sustaining the advancement of medical cannabis in Colombia” said Gabriel Meneses, Vice President, LATAM & Caribbean at Aphria. “Colcanna is proud to make this exclusive arrangement with Federación Médica Colombiana, which will offer doctors and medical professionals across the country a credible and trusted source of information and training on medical cannabis.”

The FMC has nearly 2,000 affiliated doctors and a database of more than 70,000 medical professionals that access the organization for research and educational resources, including through a virtual platform that offers certified courses on a range of subjects. The medical cannabis curriculum developed by Colcanna and FMC will be made accessible on this platform and will be supported by scientific events for the medical community.

“As a leading global cannabis company, Aphria is committed to the long-term advancement of medical cannabis in every market in which we operate, through our diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnership and expansion,” said Jakob Ripshtein, President of Aphria. “Partnerships like this between Colcanna and FMC are a direct result of our comprehensive approach to establishing a leading foothold in Colombia, throughout Latin America and in markets around the world.”

Colombia To Legalize Commercial Sale Of Medical Marijuana

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law. It will regulate regulating everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana, Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said.

With the new policy, Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization as part of a wave of changing attitudes toward drug use and policies to combat it in Latin America. But unlike many of its neighbors, Colombia has long been identified with U.S.-backed policies to eradicate drug production and a sharp decline in levels of violence over the past 15 years is largely attributed to the no-tolerance policing.

Proposal To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Colombia Gets President Santos’ Approval

COLUMBIA:  President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday endorsed newly introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic use in this drug war-afflicted Andean nation.

The bill introduced last month by a governing coalition senator is “a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain (and) anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve their suffering,” Santos said.

In the Americas, Uruguay has approved legal pot and Jamaica’s justice minister announced in June plans to legalize the drug for religious and medical purposes and decriminalize the possession of amounts up to 2 ounces (57 grams).

Possession of no more than 20 grams of marijuana for personal use is currently legal in Colombia.