Colombia's FARC guerrillas propose drug legalization in peace talks with government

Colombia's biggest guerrilla army is calling on the country to legalize the cultivation of marijuana, poppy and coca leaf.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is also floating the idea of decriminalizing personal drug consumption.

Ivan Marquez is a high-ranking rebel leader. He says the FARC favor legalization combined with educational outreach to prevent drug abuse.

The FARC made the proposal Wednesday in Havana as part of months-old peace talks with Colombian government representatives.

The 9,000-strong FARC funds its struggle in part by taxing cocaine traffickers. Colombia is asking the rebels to help end the drug trade as one condition for peace.