During the Celac summit plenay session, the Heads of State reached a general conclusion on the need to establish agreements on unity and integration, combatting drug trafficking, reducing poverty, increasing equality and providing better education.
Until recently, most Latin American countries had zero-tolerance rules on drugs inspired by the United States. But after souring on the prohibition-style approach of the violent and costly U.S.-led war on drugs, these countries are turning to Europe.
The 10th Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors will be held to offer its participants an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop proposals and recommendations in preparation for the 43rd Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly
The discussion will include representatives from governmental and international bodies, academia and civil society in a multi-disciplinary dialogue on the nature and extent of women’s participation in the cultivation, production, distribution and utilization of drugs in the Americas.
President Barack Obama declared that federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states where it has been made legal given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance.