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Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift

February 11, 2009


At its third meeting, in Rio de Janeiro, a report was made public by the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, exposing the impressions reached after nearly a year of research and† debates.† In this report, the commission evaluates the impact of policies on the "war on drugs" and develops recommendations for more efficient, secure, and humane strategies.

Excerpt: Violence and the organized crime associated with the narcotics trade are critical problems in Latin America today. Confronted with a situation that is growing worse by the day, it is imperative to rectify the "war on drugs" strategy pursued in the region over the past thirty years.

Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of production and on the disruption of drug flows as well as on the criminalization of consumption have not yielded the expected results. We are farther than ever from the announced goal of eradicating drugs.

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