Colombia looking to move forward with legal cannabis cultivation

The southern Cauca department will see a development in legal, medicinal, cannabis production. On 6 November, the One Colombia business, lead by Carlos Silva, along with a nearly US$1.5 million investment began to construct a processing plant. Associated with the Israeli Mycolovia firm, the plant will be able to process up to 300 tons a year (El Pais). Locals in the Cauca region say the project will not only bring health benefits, but also job opportunities to the area. Caucannabis Cooperative member Albiero Ciclos explained part of the motivation for developing a plant in that part of the country is to give more than 1,500 rural farmers a chance to legalize their crops. Northen Cauca represents 50 percent of the illegal cannabis production in Colombia (Caracol).