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Guatemala's President: Let's Legalize Drugs

Posted on  September 27, 2012 by  Site Admin

  President Perez Molina Breaks New Ground by Proposing Legal Regulation of Drugs on Eve of Wednesday's Speech at U.N. General Assembly Proposal Bolsters Opposition to Drug War Among Latin American Leaders as Drug Prohibition Debate Continues to Escalate President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala on Tuesday announced his intention to propose legally regulating currently illicit drugs as a means of reducing crime, violence and corruption. He is expected to elaborate on his proposal Wednesday when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.  According to the Associated Press, President Perez Molina said the War On Drugs has failed and that Central American nations have no choice but to pursue legalization, since the United States has proven incapable of reducing its demand for drugs. Perez Molina's speech Wednesday may be the first time a sitting head of state discusses the legalization and regulation of drugs before the UN General Assembly. Even as he advocates legalization, Perez Molina is preparing to fight drug cartels with the biggest military buildup in Guatemala since its long and bloody civil war, report Claudia Torrens and Romina Ruiz-Goiriena at the Huffington Post. "We can't take unilateral action, it will be gradual," Perez Molina said of his push for drug legalization. "Meanwhile, while we're taking these steps, we're not going to let Guatemala become an open corridor for trafficking and consuming drugs." Perez Molina said that while he may be the first head of state in history to propose legalizing drugs before the U.N. General Assembly, the...