Drug Policy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 06:12
The United States has spent more than $10 billion dollars beefing up Colombia’s security forces, supporting development and backing reform of the judicial system in an effort known as Plan Colombia. I talked with Kevin Whitaker, the American ambassador in Bogotá, by email about this evolution and Washington’s decision to sit down with leaders who are under indictment in the United States.
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 06:47
A debate on what to do with Bolivia's overflowing stores of seized coca highlights the Andean nation's unique relationship with the leaf and its approach to combating drug trafficking.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 22:16
Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:04
Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady have been arrested in Haiti and taken to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, U.S. media reports say.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 05:58
Colombia is seeking a less toxic herbicide to restart aerial fumigations of coca crops, the director of the national police said, after the Andean country halted spraying with the chemical glyphosate due to health concerns.
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 06:38
Argentina is investigating a judge for pardoning and releasing drug traffickers in exchange for bribes, echoing similar scandals elsewhere in the region, particularly Peru.
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 03:52
"We're celebrating because the ruling recognizes the rights we have as citizens," Rivera said before adding, "Mexico is barely opening the path for cannabis."
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 07:03
The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, for its Spanish acronym) and the Colombian Air Force (FAC, for its Spanish acronym) have reached an accord to exchange information and conduct joint training sessions to combat drug-trafficking organizations.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 06:27
Mexico's Supreme Court has voted in favor of allowing four individuals the right to grow and transport marijuana for their own recreational use in an historic decision that represents a major step towards legalization in the future.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 06:10
A recent interview with William Brownfield provides an insight into how the United States views the current state of drug trafficking in Colombia, and the potential future of its criminal landscape in the midst of political change.