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Uruguay faces setbacks in legal marijuana program

US Banking Laws Could Hinder Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Program

Uruguay's biggest bank is shuttering accounts linked to pharmacies that are legally selling marijuana due to concerns about running afoul of US laws regulating...
The logo of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

New Shows Examine CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Drug Trade

A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the erection of Latin American drug routes, and while neither...
Authorities dismantle a marijuana plantation in Paraguay

With Farmers Lacking Alternatives, Paraguay Marijuana Production Surges

A new report says authorities in Paraguay have been unable to stop a boom in marijuana production because farmers cannot earn a comparable income growing licit...
The FARC will now begin reintegrating into civilian life

Colombia’s FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What’s Next?

August 15 is the final day of the historic disarmament of Colombia's FARC rebels, paving the way for the next crucial part of the peace process: successfully...
US President Trump's plans lack preventative measures

Can Trump’s Tough Approach ‘Win’ Fight Against US Opioid Crisis?

US President Donald Trump pledged to ramp up enforcement efforts against the opioid crisis gripping the nation, but the long-awaited announcement on a strategy to...
Opioid overdoses kill 90 people every day in the US

New US Opioid Task Force Lacks Focus on Treatment, Prevention

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a specialized opioid detection unit to address the drug abuse crisis afflicting the country, one of the first major...
US-Colombia's special relationship stems back decades

US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship ‘Problems’ With Colombia

A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about...
Opuim poppy fields in Afghanistan

Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America’s Lessons for the World

In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America...
Coca growers in Colombia's Putumayo department

Colombia’s Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal...
Seized funds will be used to finance resources for those with drug addictions

Uruguay to Use Seized Narco Assets for Addiction Treatment

Authorities in Uruguay have announced that funds seized from drug traffickers will be used to finance resources for people with drug addictions, exemplifying one...
Coca fields in Bolivia

Bolivia Coca Cultivation Grows for First Time in 6 Years: UNODC

A United Nations monitoring program reported a rise in coca cultivation in Bolivia in 2016 after five successive years of decline, but this reversal in past trends...
Marijuana sold in Uruguayan pharmacies

Weekly InSight: Uruguay’s Historic Marijuana Legalization Experiment

In our July 20 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and Geoff Ramsey, a research and communications associate at the Washington Office on Latin America...