• Honduras

    Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Honduras


    In recent years, Honduras has become the country with the highest levels of violence in the world. According to figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in 2012 the country had a murder rate of 92 per 100,000 people. Organised crime and its connection with drug trafficking may be one of the causes of this increase in violence. Drug trafficking gangs use the country as a transit point on the route to the United States. The violence is related to the conflicts between the gangs in their dispute over territory, extortion, money laundering, etc. Several legislative initiatives were proposed in 2012 to reduce drug trafficking and improve transparency and effectiveness in the judicial system and the security forces.


    The law currently in force is Decree N° 136/89, enacted on 23 November 1989. This special law is called the “Law on the improper use and illicit trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances,” and it was modified by Decree 86/93. The law’s objective is to control, prevent, combat and punish the production, trafficking, possession and illicit use of narcotic and psychotropic substances.