The Global Initiative For Drug Policy Reform

The Mérida Initiative

The Mérida Initiative is a security agreement between the governments of the US, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Central America aimed at combating drug trafficking in the region.

The agreement was proposed during the administration of George W. Bush and implemented under President Obama and has so far provided almost $1.8 billion in assistance to the region [18]. According to many the programme is a mirroring of Plan Colombia, with much of the aid going to military equipment and training.

Thus, it is a prime example of how US drug policy continues to focus its attention on combating the supply of drugs instead of appreciating that as long as there is a demand in the US, traffickers will continue to operate.



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[18] ‘The Merida Initiative’, Insight Crime.