Secondly, it comes one month after Liberal Party heavyweight Senator Juan Manuel Galan presented a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana in Colombia.
And it appears Santos' support for the bill -- he
described it as a "compassionate measure" to benefit the terminally ill as well as a blow to drug trafficking -- has given it mainstream credibility.
According to El Espectador , the congressional spokesman for the Conservative Party announced yesterday that his party would support the initiative as well, saying it would be "unjust" to do otherwise.
has told the AFP that lawmakers are set to begin debating the medical marijuana bill in September.
Yet for all its apparent political support, it is worth noting that the measure's specifics are unclear.
There has been little reporting on the details of the bill in the press, and Galan
has said only that it would require the government to ensure that patients can obtain regulated medical cannabis, and that officials would have to determine the proper methods of access to the drug.