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 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.
Uruguay’s senate voted on 10 December to approve the world’s first national legal framework regulating the cultivation, trade and consumption of cannabis for medical, industrial as well as recreational purposes.
In an open letter, 114 civil society organisations from around the world welcome the Uruguayan Senate’s approval of a law to regulate cannabis (16 votes in favour, 13 against). This vote makes Uruguay the first national jurisdiction in the world to regulate the production, trade, sale and use of…
After the approval of the Uruguayan law that regulates the production, trade, sale and use of cannabis, we wish to tell the Uruguayan society that they are not alone – their policy reform constitutes hope in our struggle to reform drug policies.