The Latin American countries are infamous for their drug problems, which have led to political corruption and violence. Statistics from the Drug Policy Alliance shows that more than 100,000 people died since 2006 because of Mexico’s drug war.
However, this reputation might change soon with the recent developments in these nations’ drug policies.
Several countries in Central and South America are now putting matters into their own hands and shunning the practices of the United States, which dealt with drug problems with a heavy hand in the past.
“Security has improved, but at what cost?” said former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria. “A gigantic cost, a cost that Mexico has got if it does not take an international leadership role, if it does not ask the United States and other countries to change their policies.”
One of the most recent happenings was the favorable ruling of Mexico’s Supreme Court regarding the growth and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Though it does not legalize marijuana outright, it might set the framework for legalization. Another positive development was Colombia’s efforts last May to stop US planes from spraying coca plants, which produces cocaine.
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