Apr 10, 2012

Gorilla in the Room: Mapping Pre-Summit Drug Policy Positions

InSight Crime: Drug policy will not officially be discussed during this week's Summit of the Americas, making it the proverbial "gorilla in the room." In the first in a series of articles examining this beast of an issue, InSight Crime maps where each country stands on drug legalization.

In an April 7 editorial, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said he was for moving beyond the rhetoric around drug prohibition and legalization.

"Our proposal, as the Guatemalan government, is to abandon any ideological position (whether prohibition or liberalization) and to foster a global intergovernmental dialogue based on a realistic approach -- drug regulation," the former army general wrote in the Guardian newspaper's weekend edition the Observer. read more

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