Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City.
Because Panama borders Colombia, it is a major thruway for drug trafficking, and the country takes drug possession and consumption very seriously. Though Panama's cannabis usage is moderate – the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) puts the annual rate of smoking among people in Panama at 3.6 percent – it is illegal, and possession of even small amount of drugs is punishable by a minimum of a year in prison. Drug dealers sometimes set up gullible tourists for a drug bust, in hopes of sharing a bribe with a corrupt police officer.
- Drug Laws and Penalties in Central America by Kirsten Hubbard, GoCentralAmerica.About.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.