Category Archives: Latin America

Drug Policy Reform on the move

After reaching a tipping point in 2012, the move towards global drug policy reform has intensified in 2013, with the consolidation on the breakthrough victories of 2012. More states have joined the expanding club of legal medical marijuana states. Legislation … Continue reading

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Uruguay lower house passes marijuana legalization bill

Uruguay about to become the first country in the world to regulate and control all aspects of marijuana production and trade. After a fierce 13 hours debate, the lower house of the Uruguayan parliament, the chamber of deputies, narrowly approved … Continue reading

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Uruguay poised to make history on July 31, with OAS blessings

Uruguay Parliament poised for historic vote on recreational marijuana legalization under government control. Often dubbed the Switzerland of Latin America, Uruguay is a tiny country of 3.3 million inhabitants located on the Atlantic coast on the Southern border of Brazil … Continue reading

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Marijuana legalization scheduled for July 31 vote in Uruguayan Parliament with tacit OAS support

AOS (Organization of American States) endorse the marijuana legalization process In a meeting with Uruguayan president Jose Mujica, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza came as close as he could to fully endorsing marijuana legalization, declaring that the current prohibitionist … Continue reading

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OAS Secretary General Presents Historic Drug Policy Report

Historic landmark for global drug policy reform The 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, gave the OAS (Organization of American States) a mandate to study the impact of current drug policies and explore possible alternatives. The results of … Continue reading

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Brazil between decriminalization and mandatory minimum sentencing

Brazil between decriminalization and mandatory minimum sentencing Seven justice ministers who served during the 1995-2003 government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso and the 2003-2011 administration of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a letter on Tuesday to Federal Supreme Court Justice … Continue reading

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Uruguay could become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana.

Uruguay launches a nationwide public debate over marijuana legalization – Its government deserves our full support On November 15, 2012, the government of Uruguay submitted to its parliament a proposal for the legalization of the sale of marijuana under state … Continue reading

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Colombia, Uruguay, Guatemala: Drug Policy Reform on the Move in Latin America

Colombia: Creation of an Advisory Commission on Drug Policy Colombia’s drug legislation is being re-assessed in an attempt to tackle drug use, trafficking and other drugs-related issues that have plagued the country at all levels of society for the past … Continue reading

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Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina taking a leadership position in the fight for drug policy reform on the world scene

Guatemala has been particularly affected by the War on Drugs because of its location on the most transited drug trafficking route in the world and has become a battleground between the two dominant Mexican drug cartels, the Sinaloa Cartel and … Continue reading

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Reforma de la politica de drogas: Un repaso al 2012

2012 fue un año crucial y un momento crítico para la Política Global de Drogas. Un repaso de los eventos mayor de 2012 desde las declaraciones del Presidente de Guatemala Otto Perez Molina hasta la victoria por la legalización de … Continue reading

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