March 12, 2012

Is it time to decriminalise drugs?

With trafficking-related violence increasing across Latin America, leaders call for policy changes.

As drug cartels expand their operations in Central America, the region is seeing the world’s highest homicide rates. Some Latin American leaders now say they are ready to discuss the decriminalisation of narcotics. We look at how the drug war between the military and the narco-traffickers impacts the people of Latin America.

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to journalist Phil Rees; Rodolfo Pastor, a former Honduran diplomat; and Eduardo Vergara, a drug policy expert.

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