Guatemalan President to Propose Sweeping Drug Decriminalization

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Saturday he will propose legalizing drugs in all of Central America in an upcoming meeting with the region’s leaders. For a region that has been menaced by powerful drug cartels with boosted profits and enlarged paramilitaries due to harmful prohibitionist policies imposed by the United States, such a proposal is fresh air to many. Perez Molina said his proposal would include decriminalizing the transportation of drugs through the area. “I want to bring this discussion to the table,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a crime to transport, to move drugs. It would all have to be regulated.”

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