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Will Colombia legalize cocaine? Nation’s president declares the War on Drugs has been lost

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced that the “war on drugs has failed” in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, while proposing changes to the country’s drug laws that could end up legalizing cocaine.

In response to Petro’s statements, the country’s former president, Ivan Duque, 46, told FOX News that he believes that the views of the current president could lead to the legalization of the drug – and possibly threaten the United States.

“What worries me is that there is now the possibility of entering into the authorization or legalization of cocaine and consumption,” Duque said on Friday.

‘I think that it will be very bad for Colombia, and it will be very bad for the countries of the hemisphere, and I think that it can also generate a threat to the majority security of the United States.’

Petro, 62, who began his term on August 4, said humanity’s ‘addiction to irrational power, profit and money’ has been more harmful than drug addiction.

‘What is more poisonous to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?’ he asked the assembly.

‘The opinion of power has ordered that cocaine is poison and must be prosecuted, while it causes only minimal overdose deaths … but instead coal and oil must be protected even when it could wipe out all of humanity.’

Colombia is currently the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to CNN, and has become known for its drug dealing. It produces more than the next two highest nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined.

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Former President Ivan Buque said statements by Petro and the nation's recent legalization of marijuana could lead to the eventual legalization of cocaine

Former President Ivan Buque said statements by Petro and the nation's recent legalization of marijuana could lead to the eventual legalization of cocaine

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, 62, opened his first speech at the UN General Assembly by saying the “war on drugs has failed”

Texas border officials hauled in nearly $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes earlier this month — the state’s biggest drug bust in 20 years.

The drugs were seized at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge near the city of Laredo, a hundred miles from San Antonio, after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers gave a 2016 Stoughton trailer a secondary inspection.

They uncovered 1,935 packages containing nearly a ton (1,532.65 pounds) of alleged cocaine in the shipment after bringing out the sniffer dogs and using a non-intrusive inspection system investigation.

The month before, more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a truck trying to enter the US disguised as ‘juice’ in the same city.

Texas border officials uncovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of alleged cocaine.  US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the shipment, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400

Texas border officials uncovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of alleged cocaine.  US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the shipment, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400

Texas border officials uncovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of alleged cocaine. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the shipment, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400

Petro suggested that conflict over energy resources has led to more deaths than drug trafficking.  'What is more poisonous to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?'  he asked

Petro suggested that conflict over energy resources has led to more deaths than drug trafficking.  'What is more poisonous to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?'  he asked

Petro suggested that conflict over energy resources has led to more deaths than drug trafficking. ‘What is more poisonous to mankind, cocaine, coal or oil?’ he asked

In the picture: Coca paste, an extract of the coca leaf.  Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined

In the picture: Coca paste, an extract of the coca leaf.  Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined

In the picture: Coca paste, an extract of the coca leaf. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, producing more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined

During his campaign for the presidency, Petro stated that he wants Colombia to export food and encourage agricultural production in favor of cocaine and weapons.

Colombian Senator Gustavo Bolivar supported Petro’s statements, adding that he believed the latest regulation of marijuana could include cocaine.

Drug-trafficking efforts in Colombia have grown despite the nation continuing to spend money fighting it, he said.

“We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,” he continued.

“Not even the United States, with all its power and money, could win the war on drugs. Right now, Colombia produces more drugs than when Pablo Escobar was alive. There are more consumers. There are more farmers’.

A report by the Truth Commission, which examined 50 years of Colombian civil conflict, found that drug trafficking prolonged the conflict despite $8 billion in US military aid being sent to Colombia.

An estimated 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs.

In the picture: Ivan Buque.  The former president added that legalizing cocaine could lead to security risks in the United States

In the picture: Ivan Buque.  The former president added that legalizing cocaine could lead to security risks in the United States

In the picture: Ivan Buque. The former president added that legalizing cocaine could lead to security risks in the United States

In the picture: Colombia's navy picked up one and a half tons of cocaine packages.  According to a report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs

In the picture: Colombia's navy picked up one and a half tons of cocaine packages.  According to a report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs

In the picture: Colombia’s navy picked up one and a half tons of cocaine packages. According to a report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs

Duque supplemented his argument by saying that 40 percent of Colombia’s exports come from oil and gas.

As Petro hopes to shift from the war on drugs to a focus on climate change efforts, Duque said the new president must consider the nation’s future.

‘There is a transition going on and in the next decade Colombia can turn itself into an exporter of green hydrogen, but for now we have to keep the balance of doing a good job when it comes to oil and gas in terms of exports on production,’ said Duque.

“At the same time, we need to keep expanding with non-conventional renewable energy.”

Despite sending $8 billion in military aid to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, a report suggests the growth of the drug trade has only fueled more conflict

Despite sending $8 billion in military aid to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, a report suggests the growth of the drug trade has only fueled more conflict

Despite sending $8 billion in military aid to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, a report suggests the growth of the drug trade has only fueled more conflict

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Pictured: The disinfection process of coca plants. “We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,” said a Colombian senator

Pictured: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony.  Responding to Petro's speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he 'would like to hear a very specific proposal on this'

Pictured: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony.  Responding to Petro's speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he 'would like to hear a very specific proposal on this'

Pictured: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony. Responding to Petro’s speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he ‘would like to hear a very specific proposal on this’

During his speech, Petro said global efforts to save the environment have been ‘hypocritical’ as world leaders ignore the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

“The climate catastrophe that will kill hundreds of millions of people is not caused by the planet, it is caused by capital,” he said.

‘By the logic of consuming more and more, producing more and more and for some earning more and more.’

After hearing Petro’s proposal, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would like to continue discussions between the two nations about how the rules could possibly be relaxed.

“He shared with us the ideas that he talked about today,” Arce said. ‘We would like to hear a very specific proposal on this.’