May 17, 2013
By AM740 Staff
A new Organization of American States study on Marijuana use has been released.
It was commissioned in response to some Latin American leaders who want the war on drugs to include possible decriminalization of consumption of marijuana as part of a public health approach.
The study makes no firm recommendations only suggestions of several possible ways to stem the illicit drug trade which has fueled violent crime and corruption and even destabilized governments.
The study emphasizes drug abuse as primarily a public health issue.
That echoes the approach of the U.S. government.
But the U.S. has strongly opposed decriminalization, though voters in two states have legalized marijuana.
The report was released today.