Drug policy isn't on the agenda for this weekends Summit of the Americas in Colombia, but it's a topic on everyone's mind, writes guest blogger Steven Dudley.
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In an April 7 editorial, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said he was for moving beyond the rhetoric around drug prohibition and legalization.
"Our proposal, as the Guatemalan government, is to abandon any ideological position (whether prohibition or liberalization) and to foster a global intergovernmental dialogue based on a realistic approach -- drug regulation," the former army general wrote in the Guardian newspaper's weekend edition, the Observer.
"Drug consumption, production and trafficking should be subject to global regulations, which means that consumption and production should be legalized but within certain limits and conditions," he added. "And legalization therefore does not mean liberalization without controls."
Perez hopes that dialogue about this issue will begin at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14 - 15, where 34 heads of state, including US President Barack Obama, are scheduled to meet to discuss everything but drug policy.
Drug policy will, then, be the "gorilla in the room" during the summit, as the topic is on everyone's minds but not officially on the agenda. As such, this week InSight Crime brings you "The Gorilla in the Room," a series of articles and graphics on drug policy questions in the lead up to the summit.