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Geoffrey Ramsey
Researcher and aspiring writer interested in Latin America and Caribbean politics
Researcher and aspiring writer interested in Latin America and Caribbean politics

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Uruguay’s experiment with legal domestic cannabis cultivation is about to enter a new phase, marking a key opportunity for the country to demonstrate what an effective enforcement model for the law will look like in the future.

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February 23: A Big Day for Uruguay’s Marijuana Experiment
Note: I originally wrote this post for an e-mail list of policy experts interested in tracking the politics of drug policy reform in Uruguay. Contact me at if you are interested in receiving future updates. Uruguay’s experiment with legal d...

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Uruguay's Marijuana Law: Continuity on the Horizon
With the return of Milton Romani as Uruguay’s drug czar, and with the medicinal use and commercial sale elements of the country’s cannabis law taking shape, incoming President Tabaré Vázquez has given his clearest signal yet that he will support its rollout...

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Changes at the Pan-American Post
For the past three and a half years, I have
had the pleasure of using this space to provide regular summaries and analysis of
political and civil society issues in Latin America. Starting in 2015, however,
the Pan-American Post will see some important chang...

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Rios Montt Trial Slated for January 5, But Amnesty Ruling Pending
Guatemala’s Constitutional Court -- the
same court that annulled Efrain Rios Montt’s guilty sentence on genocide
charges in 2013 -- has paved the way for the ex-dictator to face a new trial next
month. But while human rights advocates have welcomed the news...

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No Immediate Regime Change in Cuba, But So What?
Despite last week’s historic breakthrough
in U.S.-Cuba relations, Cuban President Raul Castro has made it clear that a
major overhaul of his country’s political system anytime soon.  But while U.S. conservatives will use this as
fodder to attack President O...

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Obama Signs Sanctions Against Venezuelan Officials
Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama
signed the Venezuela
Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 , which imposes
sanctions on Venezuelan officials responsible for human rights violations
linked to the wave of protests earlier this year. Whi...

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Congressional Cold Warriors Stick to Their Guns on Cuba
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced
the biggest change in United States policy towards Cuba of the past 50 years. But
while Obama deserves praise for finally taking executive action on the issue, Congress
remains the main obstacle to improved relati...

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Honduras’ New Security Minister: a Sign of Militarization?
In a potential indicator of the increasing
militarization of public security in the country, Honduras has appointed the
first ever active-duty general as head of its security ministry. On Sunday, the administration of Honduran
President Juan Orlando Hernand...

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Report: Mexican Federal Police Involved in Ayotzinapa Disappearances
On Sunday, Proceso magazine published an
investigative report that directly contradicts the official account of the
disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa. The investigation, which is
based on leaked government documents and a Guerrero state report ...
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