Drug Policy

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:51

In the span of less than one week, Mexican security forces captured two of the most notorious and feared drug cartel leaders in the country. But does the Drug War tactic known as the Kingpin Strategy, a policy supported by the U.S. government and supplemented by billions of dollars in U.S. aid, actually make Mexico safer?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 06:57
While U.S. laws explicitly prohibit the delivery of aid to foreign individuals and units implicated in systematic human rights violations, internal reporting on the implementation of Mérida programs reveals that institutional connections to organized crime are consistently overlooked, ignored or kept hidden from public scrutiny as counter-drug money continues to flow.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:44
Kyrgyz officials concerned by drug abuse are continuing their efforts to wipe out the scourge. The government has set up a State Co-ordinating Committee on Drug Control and has approved a plan of action to implement the [national] Anti-drug Programme.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 07:18
Honduras is one of the most violent nations in the world. The situation in the country’s second largest city, San Pedro Sula, demonstrates the depth of the problem.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:53
Around two-thirds of Colombia's coca crop — which supplies 95 percent of cocaine consumed in the U.S., according to State Department estimates — is controlled by the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:30
El jefe de la Sedronar, el cura Juan Carlos Molina, anticipó ayer el envío al Congreso de tres proyectos de ley que apuntan a definir un marco regulatorio de las publicidades de alcohol y medicamentos y que buscan terminar con la criminalización del consumo de drogas.
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 07:59
Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited with President Luis Guillermo Solís and Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa to discuss anti-narcotics operations and future collaboration between the allies, at the Casa Presidencial in the Costa Rican capital on Thursday morning.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:26
A group of experts and former world leaders has issued one of the sharpest criticisms yet of the global War on Drugs, calling the U.S.-led policy a “failure” and calling for a massive overhaul of international drug policy, including pushing for legalization of some substances.
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 21:38

On August 22, in the first of ten drug policy forums to be held around the country, Colombian Justice Minister Yesid Reyes expressed his belief that the nation must find "more efficient" policies than prohibition and imprisonment to deal with drug use. "The evaluation that should be made is how much has imprisonment affected the control of drug use and the answer seems to be that its impact is minimal," he said.

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:40
"We have spent billions of dollars on an ineffective war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives in Mexico alone in the last six years," Santos said.