GUATEMALA CITY – The ex-general who campaigned for the Guatemalan presidency on a platform of crushing crime with an iron fist is now pushing a regional debate on legalizing drugs.
U.S. inability to control illegal drug consumption forces Guatemala to discuss legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Pérez Molina said Monday at a security meeting with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes.
Pérez said he will try to win regional support for drug legalization at a summit of Central American leaders next month. He got his first public support from Funes on Monday, who said he too is willing to consider legalization.
"We're bringing the issue up for debate. Today's meeting is intended to strengthen our methods of fighting organized crime," Perez said with Funes. "But if drug consumption isn't reduced, the problem will continue."
Perez's proposal comes as drug ca
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