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Court tosses drug trafficking case against Colombian helicopter mechanic, but questions remain
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Court tosses drug trafficking case against Colombian helicopter mechanic, but questions remain

The Tico Times - September 25, 2014

Last week, a criminal court in the Caribbean slope town of Pococí found Colombian helicopter mechanic Andrés Camilo Ramírez Sánchez not guilty of drugs, weapons and money…

Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address
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Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address

The Tico Times - September 25, 2014

In Luis Guillermo Solís' first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the Costa Rican president mentioned several international conflicts. But the country's ongoing border dispute with Nicaragua was not…

US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries
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US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries

The Tico Times - September 18, 2014

The U.S. State Department named Costa Rica among a list of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries that “significantly affect the United States,” according to a statement…

US Southern Command discusses drug policy with Costa Rica’s Solís
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US Southern Command discusses drug policy with Costa Rica’s Solís

The Tico Times - September 11, 2014

Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited with President Luis Guillermo Solís and Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa to discuss anti-narcotics operations and future…

‘Acid Test’: the case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression
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‘Acid Test’: the case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression

Tom Shroder | Special to The Washington Post - September 6, 2014

This article is excerpted from Tom Shroder's "Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal," which comes out Sept. 9. The book focuses on researchers' attempts…

Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister
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Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister

The Tico Times - September 4, 2014

Costa Rica's Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa admitted that drug enforcement policy in Central America is in desperate need of reform, and the current security model effectively criminalizes poverty in Central America.…

Just say ‘No’ to the War on Drugs: Seeking a Latin American solution
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Just say ‘No’ to the War on Drugs: Seeking a Latin American solution

School of the Americas Watch, Costa Rica - September 3, 2014

The War on Drugs is the Big Lie used to justify the militarization of Costa Rican police. The argument goes like this: A small country like Costa…

Police arrest US man allegedly carrying pot brownies through Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport
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Police arrest US man allegedly carrying pot brownies through Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport

L. Arias - August 27, 2014

Police officers arrested a U.S. citizen on drug charges at the Juan Santamaría International Airport when they discovered a package inside his luggage containing marijuana brownies. A…

Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research
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Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post - July 30, 2014

Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use,…

Health officials alarmed by increase in marijuana use among young Ticos
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Health officials alarmed by increase in marijuana use among young Ticos

L. Arias - July 10, 2014

A study by the Adolescents' Clinic at the National Children's Hospital conducted among 3,373 high school students in the Greater Metropolitan Area indicates that the number of…