Paraguay

Sat
12
Dec

Legalization: Only Half the Answer

Justin Trudeau, newly-minted Prime Minister of Canada and self-professed dabbler in pot, announced earlier this month that his Liberal Party would move ahead with plans to legalize marijuana as early as 2016. Ending prohibition was part of the party platform going into the October election and is a clear break from ex-PM Stephen Harper, who claimed (with a straight face) that marijuana was "infinitely worse" than tobacco.

Fri
06
Nov

People in northern Paraguay town seize truck with marijuana confiscated by anti-drug agents

Authorities in Paraguay say people in a northern town seized a truck loaded with marijuana that had been confiscated by drug enforcement agents.
Paraguay’s anti-drug office said the agents found the pot hidden under logs Wednesday in the town of Jose Felix Lopez, some 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the capital.
It said that on Thursday a crowd surrounded the agents and disarmed them, then drove away the truck with the pot.
The weapons were returned after the truck was out of sight. Officials said the agents hadn’t had time to weigh the load.
No one has been arrested.

Sat
26
Sep

Paraguay: Indigenous People Used as 'Drug Slaves'

According to Paraguay’s attorney general the country’s Indigenous population is being coerced into illegal drug trafficking.
​Illegal narcotics organizations operating in East Paraguay are using the local Indigenous population as “drug slaves”, Paraguayan Attorney General Christian Roig said on Thursday.

“The Indigenous peoples are used as drug slaves. With very little money they are forced to cultivate marijuana because they lack institutional support from the state. The local criminal organizations take advantage of this,” Attorney General Roig told EFE on Thursday.

Paraguay is the primary producer of marijuana in South America and one of the largest suppliers in the world after Mexico.
Fri
10
Jul

Bolivian police seize 2.7 tons of marijuana near Paraguay

The drug was transported hidden in a tanker. The driver was arrested.

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Bolivia police seized 2.7 tons of marijuana in the Chaco (southeast) near the Paraguay, and was transported in a tanker, today as per the Special Force against Drug Trafficking.

The officers stopped the truck near the town of Palos Blancos, in the southern department of Tarija, but it had previously been on the border with Paraguay.

Police arrested the driver and found in the vehicle's tank several bags with a total of 2,714 kilos of marijuana.

So far this year, the anti-narcotics force has seized 36.8 tons of marijuana and 13.4 cocaine, and arrested more than 1,650 people for alleged drug trafficking.

 

Thu
25
Jun

Paraguay deploys anti-narco top guns to combat economic need for weed

Néstor was 14 when a local drug trafficker first hired him to help bring in the harvest. “They need 20 to 30 people, because you have to harvest an entire hectare in two or three days while there’s a gap in the rains,” he says. “When the marijuana’s ready, you can’t leave it for long.”

Growing up on the outskirts of Pedro Juan Caballero, a lawless town on Paraguay’s north-eastern border with Brazil, wasn’t easy. His father, a ranch manager, was away from home for three months at a time. His mother washed clothes to put food on the table.

Fri
24
Apr

Slideshow: Push to legalize marijuana in Latin America

Two years ago Uruguay became the first country on the planet to okay the use of marijuana. This caused neighboring countries throughout Latin America to rethink their drug policies, and for pro-marijuana supporters to push even hard for legislation to decriminalize weed and make herb smoking and growing a legal act.

While many countries have made it a little easier for casual marijuana smokers to puff freely, there’s still some resistance to all all-out okay to cannabis use.

Click through the slideshow about to see which countries have adopted looser rules regarding marijuana and whether Uruguay will remain the legal-weed country.

Wed
04
Mar

Paraguay Next to Legalize Marijuana Says President of Congress

A high-profile Paraguayan senator has called for marijuana decriminalization in the landlocked South American country, in a bid to “put an end to the drug-traffickers’ business.”+

Senator Blas Llano, chair of the National Congress, made the proposal in the southern Paraguayan town of San Juan Bautista during a camp for the youth wing of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party, one of the country’s principal opposition parties.+

As long as the narcotic remains illegal, “marijuana trafficking will continue to be a discussion topic,” he told camp attendees over the weekend.+

This is not the first time that a Paraguayan congressmen has proposed drug-law reform. However, Llano is the most senior political figure yet in the country to back legalization.+

Fri
10
Jan

Paraguay, world’s second largest producer of marijuana will not legalize

Paraguay is thought to be the world’s second-biggest producer nation of Marijuana after Mexico, and responsible for 15 percent of global supply.

Has Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes been watching “Reefer Madness”?

That’s the burning question after the recently elected conservative leader responded to neighboring Uruguay’s decision to legalize marijuana with remarks reminiscent of the 1930s scaremongering anti-pot flick.

“I have seen former high school classmates suffer and die because of the effects of marijuana,” said Cartes, 57, explaining why his administration would not also be legalizing the soft drug.

Mon
16
Dec

Why Uruguay’s Pot-Growing Neighbor Paraguay Won’t Follow Suit

Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana on Tuesday.

But don’t expect South America’s biggest pot-grower, Paraguay, to follow that path any time soon.

The landlocked country produces most of the weed consumed in nearby Brazil and Uruguay, and a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of State called it a “major drug transit country and money laundering center.”

That hasn’t translated into momentum for legalization. Instead, the country has seen a growth in government corruption tied to the drug trade.

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