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.
As Uruguay prepares to implement its pioneering cannabis legislation, health leaders are considering possible uses for medical forms of marijuana -- including in prisons, where many of the incarcerated are dependent on drugs.
The Organization of American States hosted a roundtable in Washington DC, where the report of the Inter-American Commission of Women titled “Women and drugs in the Americas: a policy working paper” was presented.
The mission of this grant is to call attention to abuses in locked drug treatment centres in Latin America, in order to press governments to establish mechanisms for monitoring abuse, and to regulate facilities offering drug “treatment” or “rehabilitation".