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Should marijuana be legalized in Canada?
April 13, 2012 12:28 PM | By Community Team
A number of leaders from Latin America have been calling for laws around drugs such as marijuana to be relaxed in Canada and the U.S.
The leaders argue that legalizing or decriminalizing these drugs will undercut drug cartels’ profit margins and control the trade better.
The topic of drug trafficking is expected to dominate the Summit of the Americas, which starts Saturday.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the drug violence in his country – where more than 15,000 people were killed in drug-related violence in 2010 alone – affects everyone in the hemisphere. He urged other leaders to come up with alternatives to attack the problem.
The bulk of the marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin consumed in the U.S. comes from or via Mexico.
Both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama, who are expected to attend the high-profile meeting in Colombia, have so far signalled they are opposed to legalizing marijuana in their countries.