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 paper provides the latest available data on women incarcerated for drug offences in Latin America, highlights the key human rights challenges they face in the criminal justice system, and offers policy recommendations.
Five years after the approval of the first comprehensive cannabis regulation law in the world, Monitor Cannabis Uruguay and the School of Social Science of Universidad de la República are convening an academic discussion on the various aspects that arise from the implementation and results of a law of this kind.
A key member of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's cabinet, Olga Sánchez, is in favour of decriminalising recreational marijuana and is a sign of future drug policy to come in Mexico where the war of drugs has caused enormous destruction.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to reinstate the disastrous policy of coca fumigation through using drones and glyphosate, an herbicide that has links to cancer and can critically harm people, especially farmers.
New Colombian president Ivan Duque plans to resume coca fumigation along with supporting wealthy landowners, two hard-line stances that will bring about tension and disputes between citizens and the new administration.
A conference on women and drug policy in Bulgaria concluded that drug policies must account for gender and how women specifically suffer differently surrounding the issues of drugs and the stigma they carry for women.
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.