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Canada Marijuana Legalization Puts Spotlight on LatAm Drug Policy

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could...
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Colombia Drug Possession Decree Misses Mark

The seizure of more than 7 metric tons of drugs from users in nine days in Colombia after a decree effectively banning personal drug use has been heralded a success...
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‘Poverty Is Breeding Ground for Drug Trafficking:’ Argentina Security Official

Martín Verrier, Argentina’s deputy secretary for the fight against drug trafficking, spoke with InSight Crime about the criminal landscape in the South American...
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Coca Regions Most Deadly for Colombia Activists

A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on...
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Paraguay Struggles to Overcome Challenges in Crop Substitution

A group of farmers in Paraguay announced they might return to marijuana cultivation, revealing the limits and challenges that crop substitution programs are facing...
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US ‘Call to Action’ on Drugs Shows Slipping Global Leadership Role

The United States put out a "Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem" ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, but several countries,...
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Legislation Challenges Efforts to Reduce Bolivia Female Prison Population

A new report says that progress made in lowering the number of marginalized women incarcerated for minor drug offenses in Bolivia is at risk of stalling unless...
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Are Mexico Crime Groups Fueling Rise in US Overdose Deaths?

New data shows synthetic opioid drugs are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming seizures of these drugs by US and...
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Argentina Drug Decriminalization Could Throw Official Stats Overboard

The proposed decriminalization of personal drug use in Argentina, which will be soon debated in Congress, is poised to ignite a fresh debate over the country’s...
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Is Organized Crime Behind Uruguay’s Homicide Uptick?

After a spate of homicides in Uruguay, there is growing concern that violence is connected to organized crime groups, an assessment that could be premature and...
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Are Mexico President-Elect’s Security Proposals Wishful Thinking?

Mexico President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has set himself the task of shifting the country’s heavy-handed, militarized security policies against...
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More Cocaine Leaving Ecuador Shows Flaws in Anti-Drug Strategies

The growing role of Guayaquil, Ecuador as a hub for international cocaine trafficking reflects the changing dynamics of the Colombia-Ecuador drug trade, and shows...