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.
In its most recent report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) -- responsible for overseeing the implementation of the United Nation’s drug conventions -- finds itself in a bind: the Board remains adamant that these conventions be enforced, yet a wave of drug policy reform across the Americas speaks to increased resistance to the status quo. Read More
Jamaica has finally approved legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize its use for medicinal and scientific purposes, joining a growing number of countries to take steps towards liberalizing drug laws. Read More
Authorities say crack use has dropped 80 percent since the implementation of a state-run drug treatment program one year ago in Brazil's notorious "Crackland" district in São Paulo, but there are reasons to doubt the initiative's reported success. Read More
Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have become the latest places in the US to legalize marijuana, providing another push towards drug policy reform in the hemisphere and prompting questions over what these changes could mean for organized crime in Latin America. Read More