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Published: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:24:19 -0700

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Latin America: Debate Over Legalizing Drugs Grows Louder In

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT

The Washington Diplomat, 01 Apr 2013 - A proposal by FARC rebels in Colombia to legalize the cultivation of coca, poppy and marijuana for medicinal and cultural reasons was only the latest salvo in an increasingly vocal debate on drug policy reform taking place throughout Latin America. FARC's proposal is unlikely to gain much traction in a nation whose government has vowed to wipe out the drug trade, with significant military backing from the United States. But increasingly, countries from Colombia to Mexico to Uruguay are questioning the U.S. model of uncompromising drug enforcement.

Latin America: The Coca Leaf

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:00:00 GMT

The Economist, 20 Jan 2011 - Storm in an Andean Teacup A Battle Over Mastication TOURISTS who visit Bolivia's capital, La Paz, or Cusco, Peru's former Inca seat, are routinely given welcome cups of coca tea to mitigate soroche (altitude sickness). For centuries, people who live in the high Andes have chewed coca leaves, whose alkaloids act as a mild stimulant and help to ward off cold and hunger. The Spanish conquistadors declared coca a tool of the devil, until they saw how it improved the work rate of the Indians they sent down the mines.

Latin America: Hillary Clinton Urges Latin America To Fight Drug Corruption

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 06 Mar 2010 - MEXICO CITY -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for Latin America to fight drug corruption in a regional swing that ended Friday in Guatemala, days after that country's drug czar and national police chief were jailed on suspicion of leading a police ring that stole cocaine from drug traffickers. The arrests underscored Guatemala's vulnerability to traffickers, whose billions of dollars in profits and bribes are undermining a fragile country still recovering from years of military rule and civil war.

Latin America: The Failed War on Drugs in Latin America

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Der Spiegel, 10 Feb 2010 - Could Decriminalization Be the Answer? The massacre in Ciudad Juarez at the end of January made it clear that Mexico is losing the war on drugs. Narcotics-related violence is on the rise in other Latin American cities as well. An increasing number of voices are demanding that drugs be decriminalized.

Latin America: Is America Ready to Admit Defeat in Its 40-Year on Drugs?

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 06 Sep 2009 - A Wave of Decriminalisation Is Sweeping Through Latin America Bruno Avangera, a 40-year-old web designer from Tucuman in Argentina, pauses to relight a half-smoked joint of cannabis. Then he speaks approvingly of "progress and the right decision" by the country's seven supreme court judges, who decided last week that prosecuting people for the private consumption of small amounts of narcotics was unconstitutional.

Latin America: Mexico And Argentina Move Towards Decriminalising Drugs

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 31 Aug 2009 - In A Backlash Against The US 'War On Drugs', Latin America Turns To A More Liberal Policy Argentina and Mexico have taken significant steps towards decriminalising drugs amid a growing Latin American backlash against the US-sponsored "war on drugs".

Latin America: Latin America Weighs Less Punitive Path to Curb Drug Use

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 27 Aug 2009 - BRASILIA -- The Supreme Court of Argentina opened a path this week to decriminalizing the private consumption of illicit drugs, becoming the latest Latin American country to reject punitive policies toward drug use. The unanimous decision by the Argentine court on Tuesday, which declared unconstitutional the arrest of five youths for possession of a few marijuana cigarettes in 2006, came just days after Mexico's Congress voted to end the practice of prosecuting people found to be carrying small amounts of illicit drugs, including marijuana.

Latin America: Latin America On Its Way To Legalizing Drugs, Experts Say

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Latin American Herald-Tribune, 09 Aug 2009 - BUENOS AIRES - Latin America is headed towards the decriminalization of drug possession for personal consumption, according to experts and officials who took part in a regional conference in Buenos Aires. Those attending the 1st Latin American Conference on Drug Policy, which ended Friday, also said that legislative reforms are being designed to give smaller sentences "to small traffickers, and to create policies that minimize harm" by encouraging addicts who can't quit to come into the health system.

Latin America: Marijuana and Cocaine Should Be Legalised, Says Latin American Dr

Fri, 29 May 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 29 May 2009 - Marijuana and cocaine for personal use should be decriminalised because the "war on drugs" has been a disaster, according to some of Latin America's most powerful politicians and writers. The current international policy on drugs encourages corruption and violence that is threatening democracy throughout the continent, according to the former president of Brazil, Fernando Enrique Cardoso, who is a co-president of the Latin American commission on drugs and democracy. As well as politicians, the commission includes the writers Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru, and Paulo Coelho of Brazil.