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Colombia Gets a Leg Up in Global Marijuana Export Market

  • Presidential decree lets Colombia export raw marijuana flower
  • Companies like Flora Growth and Clever Leaves lobbied for law
President Ivan Duque speaks to workers while touring the Clever Leaves facility in Colombia.
President Ivan Duque speaks to workers while touring the Clever Leaves facility in Colombia.Photographer: Juan Felipe Rubio/Clever Leaves

Colombia is already world renowned for its coffee beans and flowers. Now, a new decree could make it a a major exporter of marijuana as well.

A directive signed by President Ivan Duque in late July allows the export of dried marijuana flower, giving a boost to an industry that has so far been restricted to selling medical cannabis locally while exporting a limited range of products, such as extracts, oils and seeds.