Drug Policy News & Analysis

Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

WOLA Experts Contribute to NACLA Summer 2014 Issue
Analysis & Commentary
In this summer issue of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), WOLA experts John Walsh and Coletta Youngers offer analysis on cannabis regulation and the turning point in the reform debate.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

Peru Sends Mixed Signals on Drug Policy

Analysis & Commentary
What does the firing of Peru's top drug official mean for the Andean country's future policies? WOLA's Coletta Youngers explains in an article in the World Politics Review

Will the U.S. let Colombia End Its Civil War?

After half a century, Colombia may put an end to its conflict—if the U.S. will allow it.
Analysis & Commentary
With a new agreement on drug policy, Colombian government and FARC negotiators appear closer than ever to a peace accord. But will the U.S. allow it?

Mexico at Peace

An Incomplete Approach
Analysis & Commentary
In this report, researchers analyze the efficacy of Mexico's new program to address violence.

New Study Evaluates State Responses to Drug Consumption in the Americas

News
A new study by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) finds that drug users continue to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Wednesday, May 21: New Study to be Launched on State Responses to Drug Consumption in Latin America

News
The study will combine new research from eight Latin American countries.

A Breath of Fresh Air on Drug Policy in the Americas

The Recent Debate at the CICAD
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers gives an overview of progress at the latest CICAD meeting, the region's main drug control body.

LIVESTREAM: Conversation with President Mujica of Uruguay

Video
Tune in live at 4 p.m. for a discussion with President Jose Mujica of Uruguay. The event is co-hosted by WOLA, the Embassy of Uruguay and American University.

Interview with Coletta Youngers: Breaking Down the Vienna Consensus on Drugs

Video
In this short video, attendees at a high-level United Nations drug policy meeting identify enduring problems in the organization's ruling conventions and practices.

Women, Drug Policy, and Incarceration in the Americas

Video
This roundtable, organized by the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the OAS, CIM/OAS, IDPC, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) explored the increased participation of women in all spheres of the illicit drugs market, as well as the gender dynamics of their involvement.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

News
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
News
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

Launching Legal Marijuana: Regulatory Challenges and Options

A Rapporteur's Report on the Workshop
Analysis & Commentary
In October 2013, WOLA and the Drug Policy Alliance hosted the leading legislators and drug policy reformers in the Americas for a conference on creating and regulating legal marijuana programs.

Latin America’s Dangerous Shift to Aerial Shootdown Policies in War on Drugs

Analysis & Commentary
As aerial shootdown policies spread throughout Latin America, it is unclear whether they are being implemented with the safeguards necessary to avoid future tragedies.

Peace, Drug Policy, and an Inclusive Society

Eleven Ways Colombian and FARC Negotiators can Reform Drug Policy and Build a Lasting Peace
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA experts provide recommendations to Colombian and FARC negotiators in the peace process.

Human Rights and Drug Policy

Video
In this taped event, panelists discuss the intersection between drug policy and human rights throughout the Americas and explore what a human rights-centered drug policy would look like.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women's Imprisonment in Latin America

Harsh drug laws are driving a surge in the number of women imprisoned in Latin America
Analysis & Commentary
Unjust drug laws are behind much of the surge in Latin America's female prison population.