Colombian President Says Time to Rethink War on Drugs

When accepting this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending decades of war in Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos said that it was “time to change our strategy” on drugs.

“We have moral authority to state that, after decades of fighting against drug trafficking, the world has still been unable to control this scourge that fuels violence and corruption throughout our global community,” he said.

“It makes no sense to imprison a peasant who grows marijuana, when nowadays, for example, its cultivation and use are legal in eight states of the United States.

“The manner in which this war against drugs is being waged is equally or perhaps even more harmful than all the wars the world is fighting today, combined.”

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