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 Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) is the Western Hemisphere's policy forum for dealing with the drug problem. The CICAD Executive Secretariat supports the Commission by strengthening the human and institutional capabilities and channeling the collective efforts of its member…
WOLA and Brookings examine the conditions that led Uruguay’s government to pass its cannabis law in 2013, studies its progress so far, and identifies areas that policymakers should consider addressing in order to maximize the law’s potential benefits.
The Social Science Research Council reviews key findings from regional case studies on drug courts that may be useful to inform debates about these mechanisms and other alternatives to incarceration for low-level drug crimes.
Maziyar Ghiabi, guest editor of the special issue explains the 3 main purposes of this issue: complementarity, questions of methods and discipline, and finally to challenge the established assumptions about the place of drugs in the social sciences.
The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reports that drug cartels in Mexico are using indigenous children as a tool in their larger fight against the authorities to maintain control of the drug supply chain.