Eighteen people were killed last month in a fire at a rehabilitation center in Guayaquil, Ecuador, that was operating illegally. Carla Alvarez discusses the problem of illegal rehab clinics in Ecuador and explains why the government should focus on preventing drug addiction instead of criminalizing it.
The incoming administration of Mexico’s left-leaning president-elect has proposed legalizing the possession and recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. In an interview, David Shirk discusses the road to cannabis legalization and what to expect from Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s drug policy.
Earlier this month, Colombian President Ivan Duque signed a decree enabling police to search people and confiscate small amounts of drugs. The measure has sparked protests amid concerns over its constitutionality. Juan Carlos Garzon discusses Duque’s decree and the outlook for the legal challenges against it.