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  1. Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot

    24 December 2013
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    Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the first nation in the world to completely legalize the cannabis — Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion in his country about emulating the measure. His comments are the clearest sign yet that Uruguay’s strategy has kicked off a trend in the region.

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    The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas (Version 2)

    • Coletta Youngers
    15 August 2013

    At the root of the drug policy debate in Latin America is growing recognition that present policies have failed to achieve the desired objectives, the extremely high costs of implementing those policies paid by Latin American countries, and the need to place higher priority on reducing unacceptably high levels of violence. Of particular concern is the spread of organized crime and the resulting violence, corruption and erosion of democratic institutions.

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    "América Latina quiere que se permita la legalización de la droga"

    18 May 2013
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    Ese quebradero de cabeza mundial que es qué hacer con el tráfico y consumo de drogas vuelve a la palestra este lunes en América Latina. Y esta vez ninguna opción -incluida la legalización- está descartada. Si acaso aparece más viable. Es una de las opciones mencionadas en un estudio comisionado por los 34 jefes de Estado y de gobierno del continente americano. Entrevista con Lisa Sánchez, miembro del equipo de expertos que participó en la elaboración de los escenarios.

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    En lucha contra las drogas hay líneas rojas que nadie cruzará: EE. UU.

    13 May 2013
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    De acuerdo con el subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos de Narcotráfico Internacional, William Brownfield, ningún gobierno de la región está pensando en serio que la legalización es el camino para derrotar el flagelo de la droga. La posición de Brownfield es clave pues esta semana la OEA entregará en Colombia su reporte de recomendaciones sobre políticas antidrogas que le encomendaron los presidentes de la región en la pasada Cumbre de las Américas.

  5. In Latin America, U.S. focus shifts from drug war to economy

    04 May 2013
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    Relationships with countries racked by drug violence and organized crime should focus more on economic development and less on the endless battles against drug traffickers and organized crime capos that have left few clear victors. The countries, Mexico in particular, need to set their own course on security, with the United States playing more of a backing role. That approach runs the risk of being seen as kowtowing to governments more concerned about their public image than the underlying problems tarnishing it.

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    Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war

    Tim Padgett
    03 May 2013
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    There was a lot of drug-war hand-wringing in the U.S. leading up to President Obama’s visit to Mexico. That’s because Mexican President Peña Nieto is in change-the-conversation mode: he wants Washington to focus less on his country’s awful drug violence – some 60,000 narco-related murders in the past seven years, with little sign of abating – and more on its robust economic potential. The fear in some Washington circles is that Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which in its dictatorial 20th-century heyday was every drug lord’s cuate, or best buddy, is putting the fight against Mexico’s vicious cartels on the back burner.

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    The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas

    • Coletta Youngers
    30 April 2013

    Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followed the drug control policies and programs of Washington’s so-called war on drugs. Yet two parallel trends have resulted in a dramatic change in course: the emergence of left-wing governments that have challenged Washington’s historic patterns of unilateralism and interventionism and growing frustration with the failure of the prohibitionist drug control model put forward by the US government.

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    ¿Dónde queda Colombia en el nuevo plan de drogas de EE.UU.?

    22 April 2013
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    La estrategia antidrogas de Washington para el próximo año abre una puerta que varios líderes de este lado del continente estaban tocando. Se centra en la descriminalización de los consumidores y en el énfasis de la prevención, un enfoque que podría impulsar reformas a nivel local. Gil Kerlikowske: “El mensaje principal es que nos estamos centrando por completo en un modelo de salud pública y la importancia de tratar a personas con problemas de drogas, porque no podemos solucionar este problema mediante arrestos ni mediante la legalización de las drogas”.

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    The great experiment

    23 February 2013
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    A whiff of change is in the air regarding drug control policy. Officials in two American states, Colorado and Washington, are pondering how to implement their voters’ decisions last November to legalise cannabis. One immediate consequence is that the United States will be in breach of the UN Convention. Good. It should now join Latin American governments in an effort to reform that outdated document to allow signatories room to experiment. Imposing a failed policy on everybody benefits nobody.

  10. How the Latin American drug war will end

    Nikolas Kozloff
    10 February 2013
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    As the underlying rationale for the war on drugs falls apart, some may wonder whether Latin America is really prepared to push back against Washington's militaristic approach toward marijuana trafficking. While such a prospect would have been unheard of just a few years ago, recent developments in the U.S. suggest that change could come fast at the hemispheric level. Indeed, successful pushes for marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado brought together some unusual political constituencies.

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    ¿Ha perdido Estados Unidos la guerra contra las drogas?

    Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy
    06 January 2013
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    El entonces presidente de Estados Unidos Richard Nixon declaró en 1971 "la guerra contra las drogas". La expectativa era que el narcotráfico en el país podría reducirse drásticamente en poco tiempo mediante operaciones policiales. Sin embargo, la lucha continúa. El costo ha sido grande en términos de vidas, dinero y el bienestar de muchos estadounidenses, especialmente los pobres y los de menor nivel educativo. Según la mayoría de los recuentos, los beneficios de la guerra han sido modestos en el mejor de los casos.

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    U.S. marijuana laws ricochet through Latin America

    06 January 2013
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    Leaders from across Latin America responded within days of the Colorado and Washington vote, demanding a review of drug-war policies that have mired the region in violence. Latin American decisionmakers are now openly questioning why they should continue to sacrifice police and soldiers to enforce drug laws when legal markets for marijuana now exist in the U.S.