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Colombia

  • By: William L. Marcy IV
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Colombia, a northern South American nation, borders the Caribbean Sea between Panama and Venezuela. To the west, Colombia borders the north Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama. Brazil and Peru form Colombia's southern border. With a population of approximately 44 million, Colombia is the second most populated South American nation.

Although a major producer of illicit drugs, Colombia has relatively low rates of illicit drug use, at least according to United Nations (UN) figures. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in Colombia, with approximately 2 percent of the population between the ages of 18 and 65 using marijuana annually. Cocaine is the second most widely used drug in Colombia. The UN reports that slightly less than 1 percent of the population between the ages ...

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