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More than 47,000 people have been killed due to drug violence in the past five years in Mexico.

Mar. 20, 2012

The "war on drugs" has been raging for three decades. Few would argue it's working. With the cartels’ grip on Mexico and drug violence spiking in Central America, many Latin American leaders are fed up. In a few weeks, leaders plan to gather in Guatemala to discuss proposals to legalize drugs. Meanwhile, on a trip to Mexico and Honduras this month, Vice President Biden said the U.S. welcomed the debate, but reiterated its opposition to the idea. Today, Worldview debates the issues surrounding drug legalization in the U.S. and Latin America with Johanna Mendelson Forman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Center at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City.  Call and weigh in at 312-923-9239.