An activist shouts during a protest against the prohibition of bearing a minimum dose of marijuana for personal use, in Bogota on September 6, 2018. - The government is preparing a decree that empowers the police to confiscate small quantities of drugs to consumers. (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP)RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images

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Photos: Riot police break up marijuana ‘smoke-a-thon’ in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Riot police have broken up a pro-marijuana demonstration in Colombia’s capital city, as the South American country takes a harder stance on drugs.

Dozens of people showed up at Bogota’s planetarium Thursday with posters and small amounts of marijuana to stage a “smoke-a-thon” to defend recreational use of the plant.

But the crowd was dispersed by police in riot gear minutes after protesters began to light up their marijuana cigarettes. At least half a dozen people were arrested as clashes broke out.

Colombia’s constitution enables marijuana users to possess small doses meant for personal consumption. But new President Ivan Duque is tightening drug laws and recently issued a decree that enables police to confiscate any drug consumed in public.

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