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Rise in Uruguay Marijuana Seizures Presents Challenge to Reforms

Rise in Uruguay Marijuana Seizures Presents Challenge to Reforms

An increase in marijuana seizures in Uruguay raises questions about whether criminal groups are taking advantage of delays to the implementation of the country’s landmark 2013 legalization law to establish a firm market share.

Argentina Drug Law Reforms Target Cocaine Paste

Argentina Drug Law Reforms Target Cocaine Paste

Argentina's government is seeking drug law reforms targeting cocaine paste that combine a crackdown on sellers with treatment for users, but officials may find it difficult to strike the proper balance of these two strategies.

Argentina Considering Drug Treatment as Alternative to Incarceration

Argentina Considering Drug Treatment as Alternative to Incarceration

Authorities in Argentina are considering a proposal to establish treatment for drug addiction as an alternative to incarceration for people accused of minor crimes, a model that has shown promise in other jurisdictions where it has been applied.

Colombia Eradication Levels Plummet Despite Coca Boom

Colombia Eradication Levels Plummet Despite Coca Boom

One year after Colombia's decision to halt the aerial fumigation of coca crops, eradication levels have plummeted at the same time that coca production continues to soar, a trend that is sure to strengthen the criminal groups involved in this illicit activity.  

Half of Argentina's Federal Drug Crimes are for Personal Use

Half of Argentina's Federal Drug Crimes are for Personal Use

A rare report tallying drug-related judicial cases in Argentina provides an insight into how drug crimes vary by region, and draws attention to the importance of tackling domestic consumption as part of the country's security policy.

Report Links US Drug Lobby to Opioid Epidemic

Report Links US Drug Lobby to Opioid Epidemic

A new report sheds light on how the US pharmaceutical industry has poured millions of dollars into an effort to stop public health measures aimed at curbing over-prescription of opioid drugs, indirectly feeding the US heroin epidemic and Mexico's deadly boom in heroin production.

US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US President Barack Obama has once again named mostly Latin American countries as being those most responsible for drug trafficking or production and has singled out the anti-narcotics efforts of the United States' biggest political adversaries in the region for the most criticism.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.