Colombia looks set to bow to industry pressure by legalising the export of flower to international medicinal cannabis markets in the most significant change to the country’s regulations since 2017.

President Iván Duque Márquez

The move follows intense lobbying by the Colombian cannabis industry, which sought changes to 2017’s Decree 613 stipulating only seeds, derived products and cannabis plants for scientific purposes can be sold abroad.

President Iván Duque Márquez is understood to have approved the new Decree 603 which, among other things, legalises the exportation of Colombian cannabis flower to international medical cannabis markets.

An official announcement originally due on Monday (July 19) is now expected in the coming days.