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Costa Rica Hosts Fifth Latin American Conference on Drug Policy

Juan Carlos Garzón

Juan Carlos Garzón, Latin American Program Global Fellow and advisor to the Colombian Ministry of Justice, comments on the need for drug policy reform in a press release for the V Latin American Conference on Drug Policy in Costa Rica.

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In recent years, several Latin American countries have advocated for reforms regarding the regional anti-narcotics policies. 

In a press release published leading up to the event, advisor to the Colombian Ministry of Justice Juan Carlos Garzon emphasized the urgent need to reform the current drug policies. 

“In general terms, the war against drugs aimed to achieve an unattainable objective, which was to total eradication of drugs, not only has the war failed to achieve it’s goal but it also has come at a very heavy cost for Latin America,” he stated.

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Juan Carlos Garzón

Juan Carlos Garzón

Global Fellow;
Security and Conflict Resolution Expert; Former Consultant, United Nations Development Program and Organization of American States
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Latin American Program

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