Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the War on Drugs has failed and we need a new approach to drug trafficking.
In an interview on Monday with The Wall Street Journal, Santos noted a softening of hard-line anti-drug policies both in the United States and in Latin America. He said the world had to develop more “realistic and pragmatic” ways to fight drug trafficking.
“How do I explain to a peasant in Colombia that I have to put him in prison for growing marijuana when in Colorado or in Washington state, it’s legal to buy the same marijuana?” he said. “The world needs a more effective, fresher, more creative focus to win this war, because until now we haven’t won, and the cost has been enormous.”
Santos told the Wall St. Journal: