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.
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.
The report “Women, drug offences and penitentiary systems in Latin America” analyses the structural situation of women’s involvement in drug offences and suggests a set of public policies in order to address and warranty their rights.