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Mexico's Former President Advocates Legalizing Drugs

Hispanic Business, Posted: Feb 23, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Former Mexican President Vincente Fox is advocating the legalization of drugs in the United States. "We need to end the war," he told an audience in Santa Barbara, according to the Pacific Coast Business Times. "It's time to debate legalizing drugs. Then maybe we can separate violence from what is a health problem." Since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and deployed 50,000 troops to fight the powerful cartels, 16,000 people have died violently. By contrast, in all of 2008 and 2009, there were about 14,000 civilian casualties in Iraq, according to IraqBodyCount.org.

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