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By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "This doesn't make me a drug dealer.
By Helen Murphy and Marc Frank BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos sent the text of a peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels to Congress on Thursday in the first step before a plebiscite to end the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere. The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached final agreement on the accord on Wednesday after an entrenched conflict that ravaged the country for more than 50 years, taking around 220,000 lives and leaving millions displaced. "We are giving the final word to the people," said Santos as he handed the accords, wrapped in a ribbon emblazoned with the colors of Colombia's flag, to the president of Congress.