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  1. Despenalization of drugs: Realities and Perspectives in Guatemala

    02 July 2014
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    The Institute of National Problematics of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala recently presented a new publication “Despenalization of drugs: Realities and Perspectives in Guatemala”. The new tendency towards legalization and/or decriminalization in the hemisphere stirred an internal debate about the need to revise drug policies in Guatemala towards policies with an emphasis on prevention and treatment of problematic use of drugs.

  2. Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debate

    22 March 2012
    Article

    On the campaign trail, Otto Perez Molina vowed to rule his country with an iron fist. The retired general said he would send troops into the streets to fight drug violence. Analysts summed up his political platform with three words: law and order. Now – just two months after taking office – the Guatemalan president is pushing a controversial proposal that has come under fire from U.S. officials and earned praise from people who were once his critics. Last year's law-and-order candidate said he wanted to legalize drugs.

  3. Reforma de las leyes de drogas en Guatemala

    01 January 2010
    Article

    Desde que ganó las elecciones en 2012, el presidente Pérez Molina ha estado impulsando un debate sobre la necesidad de modificar las políticas de drogas. Esta iniciativa arrancó a nivel internacional, en primera instancia en la región centroamericana, y luego en la Cumbre de las Américas, a través de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), extendiéndose posteriormente a la ONU. Aunque se ha anunciado en varias ocasiones una revisión del marco legal nacional existente en materia de drogas, en el Congreso guatemalteco aún no se ha presentado ninguna propuesta para reformar la ley.