In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana. The bold move unlocked the discussion on drug policy reform in the Americas. But is it working in its purported objectives in reducing violence, illegality and health risks?
Frank O. Mora, PhD, is Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations in the Steven H. Green School of Public and International Affairs at Florida International University. Prior to arriving at FIU, Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2009-2013. He has held several teaching positions, including Professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College, National Defense University (2004-2009), and Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of International Studies, Rhodes College (2000-2004). Mora is the author or editor of five books and numerous academic and policy articles, book chapters, and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military, and Latin American foreign policy and he has published articles and op eds in USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers.