Mexican President Says He's Open To Change In Drug War Policy

Mexico City – President Felipe Calderon says he's willing to change Mexico's drug-war strategy and promised a new offensive against money laundering.

That's in the wake of hearing blistering criticism from opposition leaders. More than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Calderon launched the offensive in late 2006, sending thousands of troops to drug hot spots.

For more than 3 years, Calderon fiercely defended his policies, even as vicious cartel turf battles and attacks on police spread deep into Mexico and all along the regions bordering the United States.

Last week, Calderon began meeting with academics, experts and civic groups to exchange ideas on combating drugs. He now appears more willing to discuss alternatives even the legalization of drugs, a proposal that he personally opposes.

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