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Colombia considers legalizing ecstasy

Colombia's Justice Minister said a new drugs bill would legalize synthetic drug use, including ecstasy.

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Ecstasy seizure In Los Angeles in 2009. (US Customs/Getty Images)

Colombia is considering legalizing ecstasy.

Justice Minister Ruth Stella Correa said a new drugs bill would legalize synthetic drug use including ecstasy, the BBC reported.

She made the comments after a meeting assessing the government's drug policies over the last ten years. 

Colombia is considering the legislation as a way to curb both drug use and trafficking in the country.

If passed, the plan would replace current laws in Colombia which bans cocaine and marijuana but does not prosecute those found with small amounts, the BBC said.

Last week, Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos said the nation needed to reassess the “war on drugs.”

Santos said an upcoming study from the Organization of American States (OEA) will recommend new ways to tackle the nation's drug problem.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/130129/colombia-considers-legalizing-ecstasy