It is significant that the drug issue has been included in the agenda of Colombias peace process. The illegal drug economy cuts across the countrys internal conflict to a greater or lesser degree. One of the reasons why the lives of most of Colombias rural population have deteriorated is resistance to land reform, underpinned in part by drug-trafficking interests. A rural policy to tackle this situation is key to solving the problem of illegal drugs in Colombia. This policy brief offers a brief analysis of the drug question within the framework of the peace talks, together with recommendations and proposals.