09/27/22 President Gustavo Petro

Colombia’s new leftist leader is proposing steps to legalize elements of his country’s flourishing narcotics industry, signaling a potential break with a past hard-line strategy on drugs and a test of Bogotá’s ties with its most powerful ally, the United States. President Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla whose election this summer marked an end to decades of conservative rule in Colombia, described plans that would permit small-scale farmers to legally grow coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, and address deforestation and climate change by paying farmers not to plant the crop — or anything else — in Colombia’s rainforest.

Program: 
Cultural Baggage Radio Show
Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Guest: 
President Gustavo Petro
Organization: 
President of Colombia
Download: Audio icon FDBCB092822.mp3
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