We have to find new solutions to Latin America's drugs nightmare

Narcotics should be legally available – in a highly regulated market, argues the president of Guatemala
Otto Peréz Molina (President of Guatemala)
The Observer (UK)
Sunday, April 8, 2012

otto-perezGuatemala will not fail to honour any of its international commitments to fighting drug trafficking. But nor are we willing to continue as dumb witnesses to a global self-deceit. We cannot eradicate global drug markets, but we can certainly regulate them as we have done with alcohol and tobacco markets. Drugs should be treated as public health problems, not criminal justice issues. Our children and grandchildren demand from us a more effective drug policy, not a more ideological response. Next weekend, leaders from the Americas will meet in Cartagena. This is an opportunity to start a realistic and responsible intergovernmental dialogue on drug policy.