Opinion: Latin American Countries Should Follow Uruguay's Drug Policy

Jorge CastaƱeda, Mexico's Former Foreign Minister says a Shift in Drug Policy is Necessary.
1:23 | 08/05/13

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For the first time a country in Latin America takes -- step of this magnitude. And in fact this is perhaps the first time it occurs anywhere in the world seeing as -- for example Portugal. Has been legalized their consumption of all drugs but not their production and commerce. This is a historic step for Latin American four -- -- in particular. It marks the beginning of the end of the prohibition this -- -- -- punitive paradigm. Or policy that was started by president Richard Nixon of the United States in 1971. With his declaration of the war on drugs. After tens of thousands of deaths. Hundreds of millions of dollars spent. Thousands of disappeared. And an enormous cost for the region for combating the use of drugs whose harm to people cannot be considered. Greater than the harm which alcohol or tobacco generates finally a government and a country like -- white takes its historic step. I hope it will be a historic step. For Latin America also and that other countries will follow this road. And other cities like Mexico City which has been -- begun to discuss a similar measure also follows this --

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