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Costa Rica Gets on Board with Guatemala’s Drug Legalization Proposal

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The Costa Rican president is in favor of initiating conversations with Guatemala and its position on legalizing drugs, but asked for specifics if the decriminalization would include what is called soft and hard drugs and public health implications.

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Costa Rica and Guatemala discuss drug legalization

The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, said Friday that next week will discuss with the Vice President of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, the proposal of the government of that country to decriminalize drug use and other regional issues.

“It will take a meeting with Vice President of Guatemala (…). Of course that inevitably will address the issue of organized crime, drug violence and drug trafficking in Central America, “Chinchilla said to reporters after a public event.

Baldetti starts next Monday on a tour of several Central American countries, whose governments will present the proposal of the Guatemalan president, Otto Perez, decriminalization of drugs as an alternative to reduce violence in the region.

Perez spoke Feb. 13 about all the countries affected by the production, transit and drug use, should discuss this proposal, but not delved into details.

Countries like the U.S. and Russia announced their opposition to this alternative.

Chinchilla has expressed itself in favor of debate, but noted to be specified if decriminalization would include what is called soft and hard drugs and the implications that the measure would bring to public health.

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