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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 11:23 PM

Panama Is One Step from Legalizing Cannabis: The Drug War is Dead

The Panama national assembly unanimously voted in late August to pass a bill making medical cannabis legal.

For those who remember the 1980s, the irony of the Panamanian government’s decision to legalize medical cannabis is indeed rich in the late summer of 2021. This is especially true as it is occurring four years after the death of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

For any country in Central America to legalize cannabis in any way, was always going to be a significant if not landmark moment. The entire region was the center of illicit drug cultivation and smuggling that, depending on the country, helped finance autocratic regimes propped up by the U.S. government, or, in reverse, the revolutionary movements that sought to overthrow them during much of the 20th Century.

Indeed, the decision in Panama by the democratically elected government to move forward on legalizing medical cannabis is particularly momentous in part because of the legacy of the War on Drugs. In some ways, the American invasions, occupations and “influencing” of countries in both Central and South America were, more than Vietnam, a precursor to the recent defeat in Afghanistan. Expensive and bloody.

The fact that no other country in Central America has, up to this point, legalized any use of cannabis by legislative mandate, until now, is a telling fact.

Panama is, indeed, leading the way to cannabis reform on a federal level just south of the Rio Grande. The rest of the “dominoes” are also lined up to start falling—including the country just north of the river dividing Mexico from Texas.


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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 11:30 PM

1. Now if we could get our Federal government to act here!

Admittedly with a pandemic and the other issues Dems are trying to get done, one can see how it's hard to get oxygen to this issue. But just about everyone has realized it's a cash cow and alcohol is as bad or worse and it's universally accepted AND TAXED. By the time our kids get to retirement and glaucoma, this should be worked out.

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Wed Sep 15, 2021, 03:00 AM

2. So true. Tremendous post. Thank you.

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