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Gorilla in the Room: The Expert View on Drug Legalization

As the debate over drug prohibition develops, InSight Crime reviews the positions of leading thinkers on drug decriminalization and legalization, finding that the...
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Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

After Guatemala's President Otto Perez controversially advocated open debate on drug legalization and decriminalization, it is time to detail the country's stance...
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Peru’s New Drug Strategy Takes Hard Line on Coca

With its new four-year anti-drug strategy, Peru is moving towards a less tolerant position on coca, ramping up eradication targets and adopting a hardline position...
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Guatemala Drug Reform Summit Falls Flat

At a meeting of Central American leaders this weekend, Guatemala's President Otto Perez failed to win consensus for concrete proposals on drug policy reform,...
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Bolivia Opts Not to Destroy Coca as Morales Defends Drug Policy

As President Evo Morales defended the traditional use of coca leaves on the international stage, Bolivia is putting seized coca to legal uses instead of destroying...
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Biden Dismisses Drug Legalization During Central America Tour

Following a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, US Vice President Joseph Biden told press that while the US welcomes a debate on drug legalization,...
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UN Report Enforces Orthodox Drug Strategy

The UN's latest annual report on drug trafficking offers a bleak assessment of efforts to fight drug trafficking and presents some sharp criticism for the growing...
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Panama Dismisses Drug Legalization

Panama's government has stated its opposition to drug legalization, ahead of a visit by Guatemala's vice president to promote debate on the...
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Guatemala Pushes Drug Legalization Debate, Amid Cautious Responses from Region

Guatemala is pressing on with a campaign to open a serious dialogue over drug legalization in Central America, but the likelihood of substantial reform to drug laws...
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Can Guatemala’s President Reconcile Iron Fist with Drug Legalization?

While pushing a hardline approach to crime, Guatemala’s new President Otto Perez has revealed himself as an unlikely advocate for drug liberalization, a position...
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Guatemala’s New President Suggests Drug Decriminalization

Guatemala's new President Otto Perez has called for debate on the decriminalization of drugs, in a surprising move, given the former general's promises to crack...
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Bolivia’s Morales Seeks Anti-Drug Support from UN, EU

Bolivian President Evo Morales has called on the United Nations and European Union to donate military equipment to his country’s fight against drug...