Contrary to popular views, it was not just uneducated and socially deviant individuals who were engaged in cannabis farming or trade.
Mexico would not fully legalize cannabis; its new regulation plan makes recreational use legal. However modest, that would be a symbolic milestone for a country immersed in a long, deadly drug war.
Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
A program intended to reduce coca production ended up giving two Latin American countries a big boost to their flower power.
The conviction of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who evaded justice in Mexico, is a win for US officials. But it’s a pyrrhic victory in the war on drugs.
President López Obrador campaigned on some outside-the-box ideas to ‘pacify’ Mexico after 12 years of extreme violence. But so far his government has emphasized traditional law-and-order policies.
With its tales of bloody violence, corruption, international trade and entrepreneurial innovation, Guzmán’s trial offers a telenovela-style explainer on Mexican cartels and their American clients.
Canadian drug policy began to take shape well before anti-immigration attacks on Chinese establishments in 1908. Drugs like opium and coke were causing grave public health concerns.
El Día Después is an important initiative led by the cultural and intellectual elite, for all Mexicans.
Exactly 234,966 people have died in Mexico’s 11-year drug war. Now the government wants to deploy soldiers to criminal hot spots, a move many fear will just increase violence and weaken the police.
Politicians on the left and right object to this practice, which the Trump administration is championing.
After a short suspension of anti-drug operations, President Rodrigo Duterte has resumed his bloody war.
Will America end its aggressive counter-narcotics strategy, which has battered Latin America for four decades?
What has the decade-long frontal assault on cartels achieved?
ASEAN has been silent over the blatant disregard of human lives by the Philippines and Indonesia in the name of the ‘war on drugs’.