Why Not Export Marijuana to Where it is Legal?

"If the consumption of a product is legal, so is its trade." Although the Guatemalan proposal to free up export of of the drug will surely kick up some dust, its logic is unassailable.

Friday, June 6, 2014


The legalization of marijuana in Uruguay and the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington has opened a door for a proposal by Guatemala to legalize its production and export.

An article on S21.com.gt reports that "... Guatemala has raised the idea with other Latin American countries within the OAS of legalizing the export marijuana as part of a debate on the reorientation of drug policy ahead of a summit on the subject in September."

"... The region has left behind the politics of the drug war fueled by Washington in the 80s, which failed to reduce either consumption and production, and is now studying changes in the international treatment of marijuana after legalization its in Uruguay and the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington. "

Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Fernando Carrera made his proposal during the assembly of the maximum inter-American organization held in Paraguay, a country that "... is the largest producer of marijuana in South America, because in Paraguaya there are fields where about 30,000 tons are grown each year, according to the authorities. "

"... Cannabis accounts for 80% of the illicit global drug market. If you take it out of the equation you can focus attention on controlling the other 20%, which includes substances that are highly dangerous and harmful to health where there is probably no other choice but to ban them."

Carrera said that "... legal studies are underway to see how to remove the current ban, through the issue of licenses to companies so that they can export to markets where marijuana is legal."

More on this topic

Eventually the U.S. Will Legalize Marijuana

July 2014

Sooner or later, the growing momentum in all of the States of the Union to legalize marijuana will motivate the federal government to remove the ban on its use.


As noted by Juan Carlos Hidalgo on his blog on Elfinancierocr.com "... Today, after more than 40 years of continuous failures, we are witnessing the collapse of the international drug war, which has cost the continent hundreds of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives."

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.

The Transition to a Regulated Drug Market

October 2013

Guatemala's foreign minister in Europe has proposed a transition to the regulation of drugs in order to control their health effects, and to take away economic power from the drug cartels.

An article in Prensalibre.com reports that "The Chancellor took part in a seminar yesterday run by British Group of the IPU in which MPs from 30 countries discussed "the reform of drug policy" and the experiences of each nation over the last 18 months, particularly in the framework of the OAS (Organization of American States) . "

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 Nacion.com 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.

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