The illegal drug trade has been arguably the most destructive force in Colombia. But now more of that trade is happening above board.
And while Colombia is known for cocaine, a growing number of businesses are now involved in exporting medical marijuana.
The warm climate in the South American country, which gets a consistent amount of sun through most of the year, has made it an attractive place for companies in Canada and the U.S. to seek partnerships. So has a changing political climate around drugs.
Since Colombia legalized medical marijuana in 2016, dozens of marijuana plantations have sprouted up across the country.
“I feel great about doing this,” one pot entrepreneur tells NPR. “This is the right way to use controlled substances.”