No More Obstacles: The Medicinal Marijuana Market Takes Flight In Colombia

After seeing few improvements with traditional medicines such as Levetiracetam or valproic acid, Fernando Segura, father of a child with epilepsy, heard on a radio program about new cannabis research or medical marijuana. “Why not try?” He asked. Hoping to find relief for his son’s illness, he decided to start cannabis treatment. He began little by little, offering only a few drops of the remedy to his son.

The results were amazing. Epileptic episodes, which occurred almost daily, began to happen every four days and today, after nearly three years of treatment, do not occur about a year and a half ago. This “miracle” has made Segura begin a program of gradual reduction of all medications, with the hope of getting to eliminate them from the life of his son.

Marijuana: Medicine For A Country In Transition

However, in addition to alleviating chronic conditions that do not respond to traditional treatments, the medicinal cannabis industry has a high degree of chaining and multiplying effect. In other words, it is a sector whose development has a high impact on the growth of different areas. According to Jonathan Malagon, Technical Vice President of Asobancaria and advisor to the World Bank, the final result is that the country’s economy has more inputs at its disposal for the production of goods and services.

Apart from this, the legal framework seems to arrive at a time when it is aligned with the goals of the National Government. According to Corchuelo, Colombia seeks to develop its industries to go beyond being a producer of raw materials. In that sense, the pharmaceutical industry that would be vigorously strengthened by medical cannabis is one of the five priorities. To this is added the desire to promote the development of peripheral regions and in the post-conflict era, where there is the talk of substitution of illicit crops, the planting of cannabis for medical use would be a good alternative for farmers from regions traditionally neglected by the State.…