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.
In the face of widespread violence, presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has advocated for amnesty for non-violent drug traffickers along with an increase in governmnet spending on infrastructure and creating more jobs for youth people in order to combat crime and the drug war.
IDPC expresses concern about Commissioner Gaviria's endorsement of a presidential candidate whose proposals on drug policy are in stark contrast with the ones made by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
OSF explores the potential that the coca leaf holds and sets out the parameters for a system that could significantly expand coca industrialization in a manner that makes the most of its social, political, economic, and environmental benefits.
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.