NEW YORK, NY — Once again, the United Nations‘ General Assembly meeting in New York City has become a forum for calls for drug reform. Leaders from Latin America took the opportunity this week to criticize drug prohibition and challenge the world body to come up with better alternatives. “Right here, in this same headquarters, 52 […]
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – The U.N. unit that monitors production and consumption of narcotics Thursday urged Uruguay to reconsider a bill that would legalize non-medical marijuana. If adopted, the law would be in opposition international drug control treaties, in particular the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, to which Uruguay is a signatory, the International Narcotics Control […]
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BOGOTA, COLUMBIA – The Organization of American States (OAS) Friday released a ground-breaking report on hemispheric drug control that includes not only an assessment of the current state of affairs, but also looks at a number of alternate scenarios for future directions in drug policy, including explicit analysis of possible regulation and legalization regimes.
The report comes even as the US military is expanding its drug war in Latin America.The military is deploying assets to Central and South America, and US military assistance in Latin America has quadrupled in the last decade — even as the region faces no external and diminishing internal threats.
The report, The Drug Problem in the Americas, was commissioned at last year’s Cartagena Summit of the Americas, where a number of Latin American leaders led by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos criticized existing drug policies and called for a discussion of alternatives. On Friday, OAS head Jose Miguel Insulza hand-delivered the report to Santos in Bogota.