Decriminalization & the Portuguese Example

In 2001, the sections of the Portuguese penal code regarding drugs were revised to incorporate an administrative system of fines and treatment plans. Since then, lawbreakers have been ticketed and referred to hearings by a three-member panel, including a legal,...

/ January 5, 2017

Depenalizing Trafficking?

Could depenalization be applied to the sale or trafficking of drugs? While such policies might have seemed remote in the past, some governments, including the U.S., are taking nascent steps in that direction. In a measure issued by the attorney...

/ January 4, 2017

Decriminalizing Trafficking?

Trafficking-affected countries could go as far as to implement a decriminalization regime. As with the decriminalization of consumption, a different legal framework would be required to replace incarceration with gradated sanctions that would increase in severity with the frequency of...

/ January 3, 2017

Let History Be Our Guide

Otto Perez Molina, the very same President who took to the world stage at the outset of his administration in 2012 by proposing little thought out policies for the legalization and decriminalization of drugs was forced to resign in September...

/ January 2, 2017

De facto Legalization?

Ultimately, a country like Guatemala or Honduras could decide to go it alone and not pursue any cartel, whether violent or not. This essentially would imply the de facto legalization of drug trafficking. Countries in the region less affected by...

/ January 1, 2017

Addiction

Most of those who experiment with drugs are not looking to upend their lives. Teens, especially, try drugs out of curiosity, to escape boredom or from peer pressure. Unfortunately, 33% of the time, seemingly harmless infrequent use evolves into a...

/ January 6, 2017