Apr 14, 2012

At Americas summit, Obama says no to legalizing drugs

Los Angeles Times: President Obama sought Saturday to emphasize the robust economic relationship between the United States and Latin America, and he flatly ruled out legalizing drugs as a way to combat the illegal trafficking that has ravaged the region.

Facing calls at a regional summit to consider decriminalization, Obama said he is open to a debate about drug policy, but he believes that legalization could lead to greater problems in countries hardest hit by drug-fueled violence.

"Legalization is not the answer," Obama told other hemispheric leaders at the two-day Summit of the Americas. read more

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