Drug Policy U-Turns in the Americas: Uruguay, Guatemala and the United States

Drug Policy U-Turns in the Americas: Uruguay, Guatemala and the United States

As the debate on drug liberalization in the United States deepens, Latin America has confronted the issue with its own spectrum of policies. In 2013, Uruguay legalized marijuana and is taking gradual steps toward regulating the new industry. Other countries are now following Uruguay’s lead. Guatemala is considering proposals for the legalization of marijuana and potentially other drugs as well. In February 2015, Jamaica passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. This Vecinos Lecture Series event will explore what other changes lie ahead for drug policy in the Americas. Because this region is so embedded in widespread perceptions of drug trafficking and its attendant violence and corrupting influence, these recent reforms signal an important turning point in the path of drug policy for the global community as a whole.

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11:30 a.m. — Lunch
Noon — Presentation



Diego Cánepa
Chief of Staff to President José Mujica of Uruguay

His Excellency Luis Fernando Carrera
Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations

Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance


Welcoming Remarks

Erika de la Garza
Program Director, Latin America Initiative, Baker Institute



William Martin, Ph.D.
Director, Drug Policy Program, Baker Institute






Mon, April 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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