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Guatemala mulls drug legalization

Friday, April 4, 2014


Guatemala could present a plan to legalize production of marijuana and opium poppies towards the end of 2014 as it seeks ways to curb the power of organized crime, President Otto Perez said.

A government commission has been studying the proposal, and Perez expects the recommendations to be published around October and that measures could be presented at the end of the year.

"The other thing we're exploring is the legalization of the poppy plantations on the border with Mexico, so they're controlled and sold for medicinal ends," Perez said.

Source: Reuters