Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alternatives to drug prohibition move onto international agenda

In mid-April, Western Hemisphere leaders will gather in Cartagena, Colombia for another Summit of the Americas.

Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, notes that hemispheric leaders, such as host President Santos, Guatemala's new President Molina, and Mexico's President Calderon have been critical of the U.S. approach and may try to push some discussion of drug prohibition policy onto the agenda.

Calderon, of course, is from the right-center PAN. Santos, a former Defense Minister, was the candidate of the right-center National Unity party. And Molina is also from a conservative party. His drug policy critique was profiled in Mary Anastasia O'Grady's weekly column in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 27, 2012.

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