Former Latin American presidents blast drug repression efforts

Associated Press, 02/11/2009

Three former Latin American presidents said Wednesday that regional policymakers should consider the decriminalization of marijuana because long-standing attempts to curb the production and trafficking of illicit drugs have failed.

In a report by the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, former presidents Cesar Gaviria of Colombia, Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil said “we are farther than ever from the announced goal of eradicating drugs.”

The report was posted on the commission’s Web site following its release in Rio de Janeiro. World-renowned authors Mario Vargas Llosa, of Peru, and Paulo Coelho, of Brazil, are among other members of the drug commission, comprising politicians, scholars and writers.


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