Legalizing Drugs: Why Some Latin American Leaders Are OK With It
“Basically, most Latin American leaders today say that the war on drugs — the hard-line approach where you go after the narcos and try to wipe out the coca bushes — isn’t really working, and they want to look for another way,” said John Otis, GlobalPost’s reporter in Bogota, Colombia.
“Ten years ago, it would have been almost blasphemous to go against U.S. policy and say ‘no, I want to take a softer approach toward drugs’,” he said. “But now almost every president in the region is saying ‘this isn’t working’” and they need to try something else.”
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