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Honduras

  • By: Stephen T. Schroth & Courtney D. Jude
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Republic of Honduras is a country located in Central America. Bordered to the west by Guatemala, the southwest by El Salvador, the southeast by Nicaragua, and the north by the Gulf of Honduras, the nation is centrally located and attractive to drug traffickers because of its varied terrain and central location. This central location, and the violence caused by drug traffickers, has made drug policy considerations of primary concern to both the United States and Honduran governments, especially since the 1980s.

Despite being a transshipment point for Colombian cocaine and a cannabis-producing nation, rates of drug use in Honduras are relatively low. The United Nations (UN) estimates that approximately 1.5 percent of population between the ages of 15 and 64 use cannabis annually, which is ...

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