Thursday, August 12, 2010

Former Mexican President Calls for Legalization of Drugs

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox,a member of the same conservative National Action Party as current President Felipe Calderón, was president between 2000 and 2006 and was a staunch U.S. ally in the war against drugs.

Newsweek is reporting that Fox has called for the legalization of drugs. Fox said "radical prohibition strategies have never worked." Fox is falling in line with a number of Latin American leaders who have declared the war on drugs a failure.

"Legalization does not mean that drugs are good," he wrote in an Internet posting, according to Reuters, "but we have to see [legalization of the production, sale, and distribution of drugs] as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to earn huge profits."

Last year three former Latin American leaders—Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, César Gaviria of Colombia, and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico opined that drugs should be legalized and regulated.

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