It’s time to end the war on drugs
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It’s time to end the war on drugs

Michael Cox and John Collins - March 14, 2016

Few question that the “war on drugs” has been costly and ineffective. Inappropriate policies resulting from the war have destroyed countless lives, incarcerated millions of people, fuelled…

Costa Rica police arrest 2 US suspects in hydroponic pot bust
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Costa Rica police arrest 2 US suspects in hydroponic pot bust

Zach Dyer - March 4, 2016

The Costa Rica Prosecutor’s Office requested six months of preventive prison for four suspects from the U.S., Colombia and Costa Rica arrested during four raids around the San José…

In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom
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In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom

Pedro Pardo and Leticia Pineda | AFP - February 7, 2016

GUERRERO STATE , Mexico –  Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel…

Mexico arrests Sinaloa drug cartel members on US border in joint operation
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Mexico arrests Sinaloa drug cartel members on US border in joint operation

AFP - January 31, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Mexican police arrested up to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with the United States that also netted a cache…

Yikes: Canadian kills Briton in Peru after drinking ayahuasca
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Yikes: Canadian kills Briton in Peru after drinking ayahuasca

AFP - December 17, 2015

LIMA, Peru – A Canadian stabbed a British man to death during a row at a hostel in Peru after drinking ayahuasca, the powerfully psychedelic South American brew,…

Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon
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Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - December 5, 2015

IQUITOS, Peru – The wooden path through the resort curves its way into the jungle, branching out into side trails that lead to huts with names like…

Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia
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Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia

Álvaro Sánchez - October 14, 2015

PITAL DE SAN CARLOS, Alajuela – A cassava packing company in the northern Costa Rican community of La Tabla de Pital de San Carlos and a pineapple processor in Chilamate…

Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls
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Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls

L. Arias - October 1, 2015

Health Ministry officials confirmed Wednesday that they will include ketamine in the list of controlled substances in Costa Rica. The drug is primarily an anaesthetic for humans and animals, but…

Pot popsicle lands high (school) student in hospital 
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Pot popsicle lands high (school) student in hospital 

Zach Dyer - September 26, 2015

No, that’s not a brain freeze. Forget brownies (so 2014), Costa Rican kids are turning to ice cream get high. A 14-year-old student at a high school in…

Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking
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Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking

Zach Dyer - August 14, 2015

Cue the prison harmonica and a nostalgic corrido, Narco Paloma is behind bars. The winged drug mule-cum-narco folk hero caught ferrying drugs to La Reforma Penitentiary in Alajuela…