Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Costa Rica
In recent years the government of Costa Rica has joined other countries in the region in calling for an open international debate about the need to reform current strategies regarding drugs. In contrast to other Central American countries, the possession of drugs for immediate personal use is not a criminal offence in Costa Rica. The debate about reforming drug policies in Costa Rica is only just beginning, but the country is clearly making an effort to abandon the traditional zero tolerance approach and its view of drug-related issues is gradually shifting to a focus on justice, health, safety, education and development.
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