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 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".
Lawmakers in Puerto Rico are set to debate over two separate bills on cannabis policy, one which would decriminalise possession of small amounts of the drug and another which would authorise its use for medicinal purposes.
The increase of poppy cultivation has been accompanied by differentially lower rural wages, suggesting that households planted more drug crops in response to the decreased income generated maize farming.