All About Marijuana

ARGENTINA / 9 MAR 2020

Thanks to a combination of great organizational capacity, control of prisons, high levels of loyalty among its members and dominance of key criminal economies, the PCC has become one of…

CARIBBEAN / 26 DEC 2019

A series of marijuana seizures reported over the last few months, highlight the magnitude of the drug flow from Jamaica headed to the United States, as well as the difficulties…

CHILE / 6 DEC 2019

The seizure of a marijuana shipment of over 4 tons in Chile in mid-November, the largest drug bust in the country’s history, has confirmed that the Chilean market makes it…

COCAINE / 11 NOV 2019

With Colombia now producing more cocaine than ever before, the rise of illegal mining, as well as widespread extortion, the ex-FARC mafia has all the resources it needs to rebuild…

ARGENTINA / 19 SEP 2019

A high-profile Argentine drug lord is accused of colluding with a vast network of local politicians and police officers to transport large quantities of marijuana in one of the most…

COLOMBIA / 9 AUG 2019

While Colombia is known for its vast coca fields, the hillsides of its Cauca region are covered in another illicit crop: highly potent marijuana.

COCAINE / 7 AUG 2019

Venezuela’s anti-narcotics agency reported that marijuana made up 80 percent of the country’s drug seizures in the first six months of 2019, contradicting reports from international organizations that point to…

ARGENTINA / 24 APR 2019

A remote stretch of forest in the north of Argentina was used to conceal a marijuana plantation, pointing to new dynamics in the Tri-Border area as criminal groups in Paraguay…

ARGENTINA / 14 MAR 2019

Authorities in Argentina have hailed the record-high increase of drug seizures and arrests made since 2015 as a sign that their security strategy is working, but critics warn that the…

ARGENTINA / 13 FEB 2019

A province in northeast Argentina is running out of jail space after droves of marijuana trafficking arrests, illustrating how the South American nation continues to grow as both a transit…

COCA / 2 NOV 2018

Colombia’s newly announced proposals to disrupt drug production by cutting access to power sources and alkaloids to rural areas might sound innovative on paper but are unlikely to have a…

CANADA / 17 OCT 2018

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could trigger a shift towards more…

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