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.
This photo essay tells the stories of four women, each providing a unique insight into the deeply troubling cycle of poverty, low-level involvement, imprisonment, and recidivism into which women are too often pushed.
This Brookings report examines the operational models of Brazilian organised crime groups, the changes in drug market and consumption patterns in the country, and how a cycle that feeds violence has established in tension with new legislation and policy responses.
The objective of this initiative is to identify existing information related to the specific dynamics of this issue in the region and to bring out distinct points of view regarding the problem, the final goal being to identify ways to develop shared advocacy initiatives in the defense of women’s…
In March 2012 , a small group of Belizeans began to study the possibility of amending the current legislation in order to make recommendations to the government to decriminalize the possession of up to ten grams of marijuana.
The analysis of the situation of incarcerated women for drug-related crimes from a gender-based and human rights approach is part of the work carried out by various organisations including the Inter-American Commission of Women, WOLA, IDPC, DeJusticia and ACEID.
These stories paint a picture of vulnerability, desperation, and incarceration in the Americas. Although these particular narratives take place in Costa Rica, such stories are disturbingly common across the region.
The growing interest in ancient plant materials and preparations like ayahuasca has become part of the growing debate around psychoactive substances, leading to an upsurge in repression and legal prosecution of its use and distribution.
Ecuadorian lawmakers have proposed a historic piece of legislation aimed at decriminalising all illegal drugs while establishing a system that provides prevention and rehabilitation programmes as an alternative to jail.
This Brookings report analyses the evolution of Uruguay's drug policies, in particular its history of relatively liberal drug policies and its role as the first country to legalize and regulate every level of the market for cannabis.
The Colombian health ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of glyphosate after the World Health Organisation said last month that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic in humans.