Latin America Needs to Legalize Drugs, UN Agency Says
ECLAC director points out that tens of thousands die as a result of conflicts to control narcotics trade
In Mexico, rival cartels set record killingsReuters / Jose Luis Gonzalez / 4.1.2018Latin America needs to seriously consider legalizing drugs to lower the human cost of the ban, the head of a United Nations agency for the region said on Monday.Tens of thousands of people across Latin America died as a result of the violence generated by the effort to control the lucrative narcotics trade, particularly in Mexico, where killings by rival cartels hit a record last year.Alicia Barcena, a Mexican who heads the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Santiago-based UN regional arm, told a Paris Latin America forum that it is time to explore a new strategy."I will be very provocative. Would drug legalization be good for who? Latin America and the Caribbean, for God's sake. Because illegality is what is killing people. It's time to seriously consider legalizing drugs."US is largest marketPeru, Colombia and Bolivia are the largest producers...
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