Items tagged with colombia

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Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D...
Human Rights and drug policy [01.01.2020] The Transnational Institute (TNI) has always believed in the need to find global answers to global problems, been a strong defender of multilateralis...
Colombia [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws, legislative trends and drug policies in Colombia Colombia is in the midst of a peace process with the guerrilla groups, which ...
Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
Coca and the Colombian Peace Accords [11.08.2017] Getting to the Briceño region in the heart of Antioquia requires an excellent vehicle, and a lot of time and luck. The week before our journey there ...
What LatAm cities can learn from the failures of Brazil's UPP policing model [01.08.2017] Community policing has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas. But as the case of the Rio de Janeiro's "pacification" policing experiment...
Uruguay’s marijuana law turns pharmacists into dealers [19.07.2017] The rules are a bit of a buzzkill. Drug users must register with the government. Machines will scan buyers’ fingerprints at every purchase, and there...
After decades of war, Colombian farmers face a new test: Peace [18.07.2017] Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent...
U.K. tobacco giant gets medicinal cannabis expertise [13.06.2017] Imperial Brands Plc gained the services of a leader in the field of medicinal cannabis as the British tobacco manufacturer seeks to further its push ...
Is Colombia sacrificing coca farmers' trust for US Aid dollars? [17.05.2017] Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counte...
Were peasant farmers poisoned by the U.S. war on drugs? [19.04.2017] After a 15-year legal battle, a U.S. jury will begin deliberations over whether a U.S. security contractor must pay damages to 2,000 Ecuadoran farmer...
Confronting Colombia’s coca boom requires patience and a commitment to the peace accords [13.03.2017] Colombia is in the midst of a coca boom, perhaps its largest ever. The coca boom’s causes are complex, and Colombia’s government is hoping that the U...
Joint statement [13.03.2017] Exactly one year ago, in the 59th session of the CND, the Colombian government urged the international community to openly debate the results obtaine...
As rebels move out of Colombia drug trade, corporations look to move in [09.03.2017] Colombia has received billions of dollars in American aid to eradicate the drug trade. But in the coming weeks, the government says, it will begin pr...
People in Latin America are starting to turn against outlawing marijuana [27.02.2017] Sentiments in Latin America in favor of outlawing marijuana appear to be undergoing shifts in some countries, according to a study published the Inte...
How Santos’ new peace deal aggravated Colombia’s drug war [25.01.2017] The chapter devoted to “solving the drug problem” in the first version of President Santos’ peace agreement was far from perfect. But it was the firs...
Colombian leader: "It makes no sense" to jail peasant over marijuana [10.12.2016] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos used the Nobel podium in Norway to reiterate his call to "rethink" the war on drugs. "It makes no sense to imp...
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [27.10.2016] The voices of affected communities involved in the cultivation of coca leaf, opium poppy and cannabis plants are lacking in the global debate on drug...
Colombia's clandestine cannabis growers keen to come out of the shadows [15.09.2016] Half of Colombia’s cannabis production is concentrated in the northern part of Cauca province, and 50% of that is grown in Corinto alone. Police esti...
Cannabis in Latin America and the Caribbean [15.09.2016] Cannabis (or marihuana) is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. According to the United Nations World Drug Report, 1...
Colombia’s new, legal drug barons focus on medical marijuana [03.08.2016] Last year, President Juan Manuel Santos spearheaded an overhaul of Colombia’s 30-year-old drug laws, which formally legalized medical marijuana for d...
Is the global cocaine trade in decline? [23.06.2016] The latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2016 World Drug Report presents a long-term analysis of cocaine production, seizures and ...
Colombian president: persisting with prohibitionist drug policies is 'insane' [19.04.2016] Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, has said it is "insane" to keep approaching the global narcotics problem with the same failed policies of t...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
‘Addicted to punishment' [13.04.2016] Latin American leaders may be patting themselves on the back for engineering next week’s Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to re...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t...
Colombia’s "lost city of marijuana" [07.04.2016] The jungle around Toribío in southwestern Colombia is filled with vast pot plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. At night, the greenhou...
The world's most powerful drug lord has been linked to the Panama Papers [06.04.2016] Documents from global law firm Mossack Fonseca leaked to journalists have linked the firm to two alleged money launderers and drug traffickers tied t...
Colombia’s Supreme Court removes cap on legal amount of drugs [14.03.2016] Colombia’s Supreme Court has overruled a previous ruling in which it had set a maximum amount of marijuana a person can carry. The latest sentence ma...
Colombian president signs decree to legalise medical marijuana [21.12.2015] Colombia ’s President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a decree legalizing the growing and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, a dramatic shift in a...
Latin America’s crackdown on drugs defies its progressive rhetoric [12.11.2015] “We were having dinner—my daughter, grandchild, and me,” says Ramona, a 67-year-old Mexican woman who is serving a sentence of four-and-a-half years ...
Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana [11.11.2015] Colombia's government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said in a surprise shi...
Surge in imprisonment for drug offenses raises questions over decriminalization law [11.11.2015] A report by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho - CEDD), reveals that the number of people imprisone...
Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer [09.11.2015] Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy. Just two years after it ce...
People deprived of their liberty for drug offenses: The social costs of drug policy [02.11.2015] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) released a series of new studies showing that despite the...
Colombia decriminalizes marijuana cultivation up to 20 plants [11.08.2015] Colombia’s Supreme Court ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been...
With marijuana price down 70%, Colombia growers are bailing [13.07.2015] On a farm in the central Andean mountains of Colombia, workers are digging up marijuana bushes and replacing them with avocados. They’ll get no subsi...
Colombia says rise in coca cultivation shows why it was right to stop spraying [01.07.2015] A new UN study showing a steep rise in the cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine offers fresh support to Colombia’s recent decision to end the...
Latin America rethinks drug policies [26.05.2015] During the 1980s and 1990s, as the United States battled the scourge of cocaine throughout the hemisphere, Washington did most of the talking. Latin ...
Defying U.S., Colombia halts aerial spraying of crops used to make cocaine [13.05.2015] The government of Colombia rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s v...
Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate [09.05.2015] Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decis...
Last flight looms for US-funded air war on drugs as Colombia counts health cost [05.05.2015] For more than two decades crop dusters have buzzed the skies of Colombia showering bright green fields of coca with chemical defoliant as part of a U...
The problem of glyphosate spraying [13.04.2015] An article published recently in El Espectador commented on the two issues that underpin the Colombian discourse on the subject of drugs. To be preci...
Report illustrates dynamics of Colombia's domestic drug trade [25.02.2015] A recent analysis on the relationship between local drug markets and violence and crime in Colombia illustrates the dynamics driving the domestic dru...
Urban drug markets and zones of impunity in Colombia [25.02.2015] The retail drug trade has been identified by the authorities as a strategic priority, under the hypothesis that it is one of the main triggers of vio...
Fixing a broken system [28.12.2014] Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling th...
The year in drug policy: Movement at a crossroads [26.12.2014] The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in sev...
Nick Clegg and Juan Manuel Santos to lead global initiative on drugs reform [08.11.2014] Nick Clegg wants the UK to take a lead role in forging an alliance between European and Latin American countries aiming to reform global drugs laws f...
Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough! [26.09.2014] It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in...
Colombian President Santos backs medical marijuana use [13.08.2014] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he supports the legalisation of marijuana for medical use. He said the measure - which is due to be v...

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