At talks, Colombian rebels urge regulated drug farms

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Commander of the FARC-EP leftist guerrillas Rodrigo Granda gestures at the Convention Palace in Havana before peace talks with the Colombian government, on January 13, 2014Colombia's FARC rebels on Tuesday called for the regulated cultivation and sale of illegal crops like coca leaf, opium poppies and marijuana as a fresh round of peace talks with government negotiators got under way. Rebel negotiator Pablo Catatumbo unveiled the proposal before the start of a negotiating session dealing with drug trafficking, the industry that has long fuelled Colombia's brutal civil war. He said the proposal would "regulate the production and marketing of coca leaf, poppies and marijuana, in recognition of their nutritional, medicinal, therapeutic and cultural qualities… as well as their artisanal and industrial possibilities."

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