Colombia's Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa has said a new drugs bill would decriminalise personal use of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy.The proposal would replace current laws, which ban cocaine and marijuana, although people are not prosecuted for possessing small amounts.

The justice minister spoke after a meeting with the commission -integrated by experts and personalities as former President Cesar Gaviria- set up to assess the government's drug policies over the last 10 years.

Colombia's legislation is being re-assessed in an attempt to tackle drug use, trafficking and related issues. Critics say the inclusion of synthetic drugs will only confuse the debate.

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