Thursday, 12 April 2012

Drug Policy at the VI Summit of the Americas

Very fine Special reports series published by InSight Crime (also very good website source of information though). The questiono f drug legalization will not be on the official agenda of the VI Americas Summit, but on everyone´s mind nevertheless.

When Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said in January 2012 that he would support a debate over drug decriminalization, he ignited a conversation that has drawn the attention of the entire region. Even the message from Washington has shifted, with Vice President Joe Biden reiterating that the US opposes legalization, but acknowledges that it is a legitimate topic for discussion.

As the sixth Summit of the Americas approaches, to be held April 14 and 15 in Cartagena, Colombia, Western Hemisphere leaders are preparing for the next stage of the debate, even though drug policy reform is not an official item on the event's agenda.

InSight Crime has prepared a map detailing the positions of every country in the region on legalization and decriminalization.

  • The red countries in the map represent those who have publicly stated they are against both legalization and decriminalization of narcotics.
  • The yellow countries are those which either have partial decriminalization laws or have argued in favor of this, but have said they are against legalization.
  • The green countries are those who are open to debate on drug decriminalization and legalization.

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