Legalization of Cannabis and Hemp in Costa Rica

A legislative bill to legalize medical marijuana and hemp in Costa Rica has been introduced in the Costa Rican Congress. The bill sponsored by the Citizen Actions Party (PAC) legislator Marvin Atencio has been in the works for the last 2 years.   The head of the judicial affairs commi
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United States and Costa Rica Extradition

The United States and Costa Rica Extradition Treaty

The United States and Costa Rica entered into an Extradition treaty in 1982 which was approved by the Costa Rican legislature in 1991.  The following is the extradition treaty between the United States and Costa Rica. The Government of the United States of America and the Government o
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Costa Rica Murder Rate breaks a record for 2015

In 2015 Costa Rica reported a record 553 homicides.   The police authorities have indicated that they estimate that 37% if those murders are due to drug related retaliations in a fight for territory.  The Costa Rica Criminal Investigative Organization (O.I.J.) has 1,174 investigative
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Marijuana (Cannabis) in Costa Rica

The assumption by many is that in Costa Rica the land of Pura Vida and Tranquilo where everything is relaxed and laid back the use of Marijuana is legal.   Not necessarily so.   In Costa Rica the law which governs drug offenses is the Law of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Law #
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Costa Rica Crime Statistics for 2013

The Costa Rica Judicial Police (O.I.J.) recently released the crime statistics for 2013.  During 2013 the O.I.J. received 122 filed criminal complaints (denuncias) per day related to property crimes.  The breakdown is as follows:  37 per day for assault & robbery 28
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Costa Rica Police Office Salaries

The Costa Rica national police force known as the Fuerza Publica is requiriting for police officers.   The recruiting ad indicates that that the base salary for a police officer is 276,000 Colones which is $559 per month at current exchange rates.  To the base salary th
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Costa Rica Will Release 4,000 Criminals within Next Five Years

The Costa Rica prison system is due to release four thousand (4,000 )ciminals within the next five years as follows: 2013    831 prisoners 2014    949 prisoners 2015   976 prisoners 2016   772  prisoners 2017   484 prisoners In the las 20 years
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Police Forces of Costa Rica

The Police Forces of Costa Rica In Costa Rica the largest police contingency is the Fuerza Publica which is under the control of the Ministry of  Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Publica).   This police force is responsible for the protection of citizen security, cri
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Crime in Costa Rica

How is the Crime in Costa Rica ? With the news media hammering all day about crime in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala it is a fair question to ask – what about Costa Rica.  After all we are in the same geographical area. Inside Costa Rica the general perception
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