Former Mexican President Proposes Possible Legalization Of Drugs

Mexico City – A former Mexican president's proposal to legalize drugs as a way of breaking drug cartels' economic power is stoking debate in Mexico and opposition in Washington.

When former President Vicente Fox wrote in a blog Sunday that "we should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs," it was the most far-reaching and high-ranking stand for legalization yet in Mexico. More than 28,000 people have died during the current administration's war against drug cartels.

One thing most experts agree on is that the idea is unlikely to prosper without similar moves to legalize or regulate the sale of drugs in the United States, the main consumer of drugs from Mexico.

The U.S. State Department said Monday "the question of debating the legalization of drugs is for Mexicans to decide." But a State Department spokeswoman also said that the department's position is that "we don't believe legalization is the answer."

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