By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Expats reacted favorably Thursday to an A.M.
Costa Rica editorial urging the Costa Rican
government to just say no to the drug war.
Some expressed similar views while saying that
they never used drugs.
This newspaper has urged since June 10, 2015
that the Costa Rican government move to
legalize marijuana and cocaine. A
multi-million-dollar donation by the United
States of planes and boats to catch drug
traffickers generated the editorial Thursday.
The article noted that hardly any of these
donations will benefit the average Costa Rican
while the country spends large amounts of
money to comply with Washington’s wishes.
Particularly heartening Thursday were
favorable comments from individuals who
actually are involved in the war on drugs.
Wisely they did not use institutional email
Some respondents, while favorable, doubted
that Costa Rica really is spending a lot of
money on the drug war. A story Wednesday noted
a vice minister of security urged passage of
more taxes to add police officers to the
12,500 that already are on the payroll.
The United States said in making the
donations of planes and boats that Costa
Rica would be responsible for their future
But then Thursday the security ministry
conveniently released a report that said that
teams of anti-drug officers just chopped
down 215,833 marijuana plants in Santa Rosa, Cerro Danta, Fila Coquito, San
Martin, Balsar, Cajón, San Rafael de Tinoco y
Sinaí de Osa, all in the southern part of the
province of Puntarenas. The marijuana
plantings most likely were spotted by the
continual overflights by police.
The ministry said that this
brought the total of
de Seguridad Pública
the wall is one of the 95 persons
by police in 12 hours Wednesday
just this year to 1.8 million. It did not
give the man hours expended.
The ministry also reported on the arbitrary
searches of the previous night. The official
report said that 95 persons, mostly young
people, were stopped by police in search of
drugs. In most cases, they were forced to
turn out their pockets. Police said they also
stopped and inspected 10 cars and a dozen
They call this preventative work in that
there is no probable cause to stop
individuals. They did confiscate some crack
and some marijuana, they reported, and
detained one man who was the subject of a
On a larger scale, the U.S. government has
supplied financial support for the police
checkpoint at Kilometer 35 on the
Interamericana Sur to interdict smuggled
items, including drugs. Probable cause is
not a consideration there either.
Some responses from expats are HERE!