Nothing new really. US companies and of course other are all over this country. Several countries in the region want legalization and the US to stop funneling funds for a decades old private corporate war into Central America.
Not Costa Rica though as they support the war and continue to accept blood money to "fight it". And this is what you get then.
Drugs are the driving force behind Costa Rica’s highest homicide
rates so far this year in the provinces of Limón and San José, according
to sources when asked about a recent crime analysis published by the
Homicides are up in many cantons around the country, with San José reporting 97 killings from Jan. 1 to July 31, a 22.8 percent increase in killings over the 79 reported during the same period last year. The spike in slayings was the largest in the country.