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Colombia's President says he's open to decriminalizing drugs

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Published on Jan 29, 2012

Cartagena, Colombia (NTN24) The VII Hay Festival opened in Cartagena, Colombia on Saturday (January 28) with Mexican author Carlos Fuentes and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos saying that decriminalization would be a better way to fight drugs.

"In the case of drug trafficking, the offer is Mexican and it is criminalized yet the demand is North American and no body makes it criminal," Fuentes said.

Santos made his comments during the festival's "Ideas for a World in Transition" opening event.

The Colombian leader told the audience that he felt the current policy was wrong.

"For that reason, until we find a different solution, we cannot do anything different to combat drug trafficking along its entire chain but we are the first to recognize, I am the first to recognize that in the end, this policy is wrong," President Santos said.

The Hay Festival brings together political leaders, writers, and philosophers in an effort to promote culture and social responsibility.

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