Andrés López Velasco

Former Director, Colombian National Narcotics Fund

Andres is a drug policy and cannabis expert with 12 years of experience working for the Colombian ministries of Health and Justice. There he led for 5 years, the process of regulation and implementation of the national program for production and use of cannabis for medical, scientific and industrial purposes. From 2016 until mid-2019, he was the head of the National Narcotics Fund, the Competent Authority that enforces the international drug treaties for authorization and vigilance of the legal uses of controlled substances, where he worked with pharmaceutical companies, medical associations and distributors in order the improve the access of patients to controlled medicines, within an international context of innovation and discussion of drug policies. He holds a BS in Chemistry with Master´s degree in Science from National University of Colombia.