As proposed in the advice that Beckley Director Amanda Feilding gave to President Pérez Molina and Foreign Secretary Fernando Carrera in January 2013, Guatemala is considering legalising opium growing for the medicinal market.
“More than 90% of the global consumption of opioid analgesics occurs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America and several European countries. By contrast, 79% of the world’s population live in countries with low or non-existent access to controlled medicines and have inadequate access to treatment for moderate to severe pain.” ~ 2009, Path for Reform, Amanda Feilding & Corina Giacomello
If this proposal goes ahead, it will hopefully not only legitimise farmers of the poppy but will also provide a source of analgesics for Guatemalans and potentially for the populations of neighbouring countries.
Have a look at Beckley Report Paths for Reform to see Amanda’s original proposal and other drug policy reform proposals presented to the Guatemalan Government:
stopthedrugwar.org covers the story: