Marijuana in Uruguay, Poppy in Guatemala?

In the search for alternatives to the failed traditional fight against drug trafficking, the Government of Guatemala studies the possibility of producing poppy in a legal and controlled manner.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

President Otto Perez Molina's was the only voice raised in the Western Hemisphere in support of the Government of Uruguay's sedition in authorizing the production and controlled use of marijuana.

"We started exploring the capacity that we could have for controlled planting. What that means is that we would know exactly what extensions are being planted, what the production would be and that the sale would also be well controlled, especially for medicinal use," said Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina.

"There are two paths, one has to do with the substitute crops, and the other is the alternative which is controlled cultivation. This is what is already being done in other countries such as India and China, that is to say identifying hectares clearly, seeing how they are grown, carrying out the harvest, taking control of the commercialisation and above all making sure this serves mainly the pharmaceutical industry," said Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez.

"This is being discussed as a way to achieve the eradication of poppy planting in upper San Marcos and on the Mexico border ...", reported

In November, the National Civil Police (PNC by its initials in Spanish), the Army and the Public Ministry (MP) eradicated 127 hectares of opium poppy crops valued at $152 million, and 2.4 hectares of marijuana valued at $17 million in San Marcos. People in that area prefer poppy cultivation because potatoes no longer generate profits.

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Cultivation of Marijuana and Poppy for Medicinal Purposes

April 2014

The President of Guatemala has again stated in international forums the need to radically reform anti drug policies.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

A Guatemala Commission is to propose legalizing marijuana and poppy for medicinal use

The Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina, said today in Panama, after participating in the first plenary of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, that later this year, the National Commission for Reform of Drug Policy could suggest that a bill be presented to Congress to legalize marijuana and poppies for medicinal use in the country.

Failure of the War on Drugs

August 2012

In the U.S. the number of people over 12 years old who use drugs increased from 5.8% in 1991-93 to 8.9% in 2008. In Mexico the war on drugs has killed over 50,000 people over the past 5 years.

Juan Carlos Hidalgo wrote an article for in February 2012. His approach, denouncing the harmful effects of drug prohibition, was based on a proposal by the President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, to legalize drugs as a means to combat drug trafficking.

Reasons to Decriminalize Drugs

March 2012

Breaking what is a taboo for any incumbent ruler, President Otto Perez Molina insists on his proposal to deny a market for drug traffickers.

Insisting that applying traditional methods to tackle the scourge of drugs and drug trafficking has not been successful , Perez Molina "does not regret his bold proposal to decriminalize drugs in Central America and is excited about a discussion of this global issue."

Central America to Discuss Drug Legalization

March 2012

At a meeting in Honduras, the region's heads of state agreed to discuss the decriminalization of drugs.

The initiative was proposed by Otto Perez Molina, president of Guatemala, who emphasized the need to seek "alternative mechanisms" to combat drug trafficking.

The leaders of Panama, El Salvador and Honduras said they were against decriminalization, but were open to discussing the issue.

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