The war on drugs is not working for every day Brazilians. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil has a serious drug problem. The country lies beside the largest coca plantations in the world in Peru and Colombia. A sizeable part of the cocaine used in Europe moves through its vast territory. Murder and incarceration rates are very high and much of this is to do with the illicit drug market. The size of its population and the recent process of economic awakening have transformed Brazil into a huge market for illicit drug consumption itself.

Other countries in Latin America face the same problems, and are bringing in new proposals to tackle them. For instance, Uruguay has legalized recreational marijuanaand the courts of Argentina and Colombia have decided in favor of decriminalizing drug possession for personal use.

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