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...
Murder in Colombia’s peace laboratory [19.07.2018] Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with...
Colombia coca production hits new record high, US figures say [26.06.2018] US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, ...
Record coca, record murders: the flipside of “peace” in southern Colombia [20.06.2018] Hundreds of Colombian farmers, activists, and community organisers have been killed over the past 18 months, despite the landmark peace deal that sup...
Colombia sees billion-dollar bonanza from legacy of marijuana trade [03.05.2018] Farmers who want to be part of Colombia's medical marijuana project are required to destroy their illegal crops. Colombia has already issued 33 licen...
Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world [24.04.2018] Although cannabis remains a prohibited substance worldwide, in recent decades a series of political, legislative and judicial processes in various pa...
“The drug market is thriving” while the Commission on Narcotic Drugs limps along [08.04.2018] “The drug market is thriving” is one of the key messages in UNODC’s 2017 World Drug Report. This is an important admission from the UN’s lead agency ...
Colombia looks to become the world’s supplier of legal pot [10.03.2018] Tens of thousands of Colombians died in the U.S.-backed war on drugs. But after an official about-face on marijuana, Colombia is looking to exchange ...
Poppies, opium, and heroin [01.03.2018] Poppy cultivation in Mexico and Colombia is part of a local economy geared almost exclusively toward the illegal market abroad: it is driven by deman...
Colombia’s two anti-coca strategies are at war with each other [20.02.2018] The government’s “comprehensive programme for illicit crop substitution” (PNIS) aims to replace the coca with a profitable legal crop. The crop-subst...
Canadian cannabis companies set their sights on South America [31.01.2018] Much has been made of the marijuana M&A spree afoot in Canada. Just this year alone, licensed producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. agreed to acquire CanniMe...
Blowing up: Britain’s cocaine glut [07.12.2017] “It's as easy as buying a drink from an off-licence.” That is how Ellen Romans, a recovering drug addict, describes picking up cocaine near where she...
Colombian farmers keep growing coca despite government crackdown and U.S. pressure [27.10.2017] According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia’s overall coca crop grew by a staggering 52 percent last year, to 345,000 acres, an area te...
Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge [14.09.2017] U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reve...
What does departure of top US anti-drug diplomat mean for LatAm policy? [30.08.2017] The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts ...
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...

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