Target: President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos
Goal: Applaud President Santos for supporting the legalization of medical marijuana
Recently, President Juan Manuel Santos announced his support for a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The proposed bill would also steal business away from drug traffickers who are responsible for much of the country’s violence.
Although Colombia is better known for its cocaine production, marijuana is also grown illegally in the country and smuggled to the United States through Central America and Mexico. Currently, the possession of 20 grams of marijuana for personal use is legal in Colombia. If the bill is passed, the country will join Uruguay, the first Latin American nation to legalize marijuana. In addition, Jamaica announced plans to legalize pot for medicinal and spiritual purposes as well as decriminalizing possession of up to two ounces.
According to President Santos, the bill is “a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain (and) anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve suffering.” In addition, the illegal trade of marijuana in Mexico has cost more than 60,000 lives in the last six years, highlighting the ineffective policies that are currently in place to fight drug traffickers. Therefore, by signing the petition, you are applauding President Santos for his forward thinking in order to help patients with terminal diseases and weaken drug cartels.
Dear President Juan Manuel Santos,
The legalization of marijuana is a hot topic that is being debated in many Latin American countries, especially in light of Uruguay’s decision to legalize marijuana entirely. The bill proposed by you and your governing party would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and would help curb drug-related violence in your region and in Central America and Mexico.
Illegal marijuana that is grown in Colombia and other South American countries travels to the United States through Central America and Mexico. Within the last six years, more than 60,000 lives have been claimed in Mexico due to drug trafficking. In addition, many have seen the benefits of using marijuana for medical purposes in order to treat those with terminal illnesses. As a result, I would like to applaud you for your forward thinking. Your efforts will not only benefit your own citizens but all those involved and affected by illegal drug trafficking.
[Your Name Here]
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