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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:50 AM

Guatemalan president eyes drug legalization proposal in late 2014

Guatemalan president eyes drug legalization proposal in late 2014
PANAMA CITY, April 2 Wed Apr 2, 2014 9:17pm EDT

(Reuters) - 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 on Wednesday.

Perez, a conservative retired general who broke ranks with the United States by proposing drug legalization shortly after he took office at the start of 2012, has yet to put forward a concrete plan on how it could be done.

Instead, a government commission has been studying the proposal, and Perez told Reuters in an interview that he expected the recommendations to be published around October and that measures could be presented at the end of the year.

Those measures could include an initiative for Congress to legalize drugs, in particular marijuana, he said.


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