Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he supports the legalisation of marijuana for medical use.

Mr Santos said the measure - which is due to be voted on by Colombian lawmakers - would be a "compassionate response" to pain experienced by people with terminal illnesses.

During a forum on drug policies, he also said it would take away business from drug traffickers.

The bill on the legalisation of medical marijuana, which was put forward by Mr Santos' governing party, is due to be debated in the current session of the Colombian Congress.

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