On April 27, Colombia's Health Ministry called on the government to end aerial spraying of coca crops over concerns that it could cause cancer. But even if it was safe, spraying is an absolutely ineffective policy.
Loretta Lynch, the new United States Attorney General, inherits a changing drug policy landscape. Serious drug policy reform is possible in the coming years if she commits to building on her predecessors advances.
Cuba's pending removal from the list is both a necessary step towards opening a U.S. embassy in Havana as well as President Obama’s deeper process of updating U.S. policy towards Cuba for the 21st century.