The Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina wants to legalize drugs in Central America. He spoke out in favour of legalization last month and will bring the debate to the Central American Integration System (SICA) summit in April as well as the UN general assembly later this year.
War on Drugs
The Guatemalan president said the war on drugs has not yielded positive results. Drug trafficking in Central American has not diminished, despite the massive and costly operations by the United States. Perez Molina blames the large drug cartels that are competing for territory in Guatemala for the enormous violent crimes figures in his country. Guatemala has a homicide rate of 41 murders per 100,000 people, giving it a spot on the list of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Molina’s initiative for legalization is the first time since the launch of the War on drugs that a foreign head of state has actively challenged US policies of prohibition. In February he announced: "I want to bring this discussion to the table. It wouldn't be a crime to transport, to move drugs. It would all have to be regulated."
Central American Integration System
The SICA is a union of Central American countries which currently includes 7 nations. On April 14 at the Summit of the Americas these 7 heads of state will openly debate the war on drugs and the legalization proposal.
We have reported on the failings of the War on drugs before. It will unfortunately still take time to make politicians see the value of a change in policy. Let us hope the pros and cons will be heard. If you want to support drug legalization in Central America you can sign the petition.
World War-D: Drug legalization debate gaining momentum in Central America