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After months of delay, Uruguay is finally on the verge of becoming the first country to regulate every aspect of the black market for marijuana. Getting the marijuana regulation bill through Congress required pressure from civil society and considerable arm-twisting within the ruling Frente Amplio (FA) coalition, but the hardest part for the government is yet to come.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration's annual report charts evolving market forces in the supply and demand of narcotics, with cocaine imports to the United States falling even as Mexican cartels switch operations towards trafficking more methamphetamine and heroin.
Female drug convicts in Latin America are being failed by inadequate justice systems, according to a report from a leading drug policy NGO, which calls for international and local strategies to address both prison conditions and the root causes of women's participation in the drug trade.
An opposition politician says he has seen a long-delayed report on Bolivia's coca cultivation and that it concludes the country needs only 6,000 hectares to meet legal demand, claims the government has denied but which could place its pro-coca policies in a precarious position.
A map showing world marijuana use and prices indicates that, in Latin America at least, both of these factors are more affected by the availability of the drug than the legal regime governing its use.
Officials in Uruguay say the cost of marijuana under the country's bill regulating cultivation and sale of the drug will be $1 per gram, a price likely to provide stiff competition to criminal groups dedicated to the trade.
A report calling for an end to aerial drug crop fumigation in Colombia presents compelling data to support its position, but the country's political reality makes it unlikely any such reform will happen soon.
A new study from the EU and Ameripol has highlighted evolutions in the global drug trade sparked by growth in the European cocaine market, and bolstered calls among Latin American leaders for a debate over drug policy.
Police in the Bahamas have recovered $4 million of marijuana in a week, amid growing calls in the Caribbean for legalization of the drug.
Former officials and current celebrities have signed a petition advocating for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, adding weight to the campaign to make Mexico City the next place to break away from the prohibitionist model.