Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of drug legalization will be on everyone's minds. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has called for countries to debate a new strategy and other leaders in the region, most notably Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, have joined him. US President Barack Obama will have to face down them and others in a rare show of unified defiance from US' allies in the region. InSight Crime examines the thorny subject in this series of special reports.
A report from Guatemala's National Commission for Drug Policy Reform falls short of making recommendations that would propel the country back to the forefront in the regional push for reform, where it once stood. Read More
Paraguay's anti-drug chief has expressed concern over traffickers' ties to officials -- a phenomenon that may be inevitable given the importance of the marijuana trade to the country's economy -- and suggested regulated marijuana production as an alternative approach to tackling organized crime. Read More
Ecuador has released some 500 jailed drug "mules" as part of a new policy that sees them as victims, not just criminals, a progressive shift away from many international strictures that target the lowest rungs in the trafficking chain, in a move that will free up space in the country's overcrowded prisons. Read More
Jamaica has taken further steps toward legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing possession of the drug for all users on the island nation, as debate continues throughout the region on drug policy reform. Read More