Mexico Debates Legalizing Drugs

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón said he is open to holding a debate on the legalization of drugs, reports Spanish newspaper El País. Supporters of legalizing drugs, including the organization Mexico United Against Crime, argue that the measure would lead to a significant reduction in organized crime in the country, while opponents say legalization would increase the consumption of drugs.

According to data released on Aug. 3, more than 28,000 Mexicans have died in drug-related violence since President Calderón took office and launched a war on drug trafficking. Although he said he opposes legalization, Calderón said it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages.