Latin America has long promoted a war on drugs approach. However, the significant levels of violence, as well as other health and social harms related to repressive drug control have led several countries across the region to call for an open debate on drug policy across the region. Uruguay has moved a step further by legally regulating its cannabis market.
The move is a result of the country’s new criminal law, which took effect Aug. 10. It treats “drug mules” who commit the low-profit, high-risk offense more as vulnerable people exploited by cartels than as hardened criminals.
Open Society Foundations will host an exciting webinar on drug policy messaging, sharing public opinion research from marijuana reform campaigns in Uruguay, Washington and Colorado as well as the methods employed to win over new audiences.
The two bills aim to legalize the growth of cannabis when its intended to be used for medicinal purposes together with the depenalisation of its use, not only for medicinal purposes but also for recreational ones.
It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial spraying in Colombia, demanding the current government to definitely defer an ecocide and incompetent policy.
The debate over the regulation of marijuana in Brazil is gaining strength at the Federal Senate after a popular suggestion was received online, by the e-Citizen Portal, at the beginning of February 2014.
By André KiepperHealth Management Analyst at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Prison overcrowding is widespread in Latin America, but Costa Rica has slowly started to implement politically sensitive, but needed, reforms. This includes vocational training programmes and resisting tougher drug-sentencing laws.