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Biden travels to the region amid drug debate among political and business leaders

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Latin America Sunday amid unprecedented pressure from political and business leaders to talk about something US officials have no interest in debating: decriminalizing drugs.

Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico, all grappling with the extremely violent fallout of a failing drug war, have said in recent weeks they'd like to open up the discussion of legalizing drugs.

Business leaders are weighing in as well: in February, a group of banking, medical and legal experts sponsored a drug policy conference in Mexico City which concluded that current drug control policies aren't working and need reform.

Source: Associated Press