The war on drugs has ultimately been a failure for its original mission, but it has been a boon to the cartels, prison system, and law enforcement agencies who have all expanded since the United States began dedicating resources to it. On both sides of the fence, the argument rages over the economic impact of drugs and drug use if it is ever legalized, and on April 16th, a major figure in the history of the war on drugs made his choice on which choice should be made.
President Vicente Fox is among a growing number of leaders in Latin America calling on the U.S. to legalize drugs to reduce violence and organized crime.
"Prohibitions don't work, and the last remaining frontier of prohibition is drug, and we should questions ourselves why drugs," Fox said.
It's the same question President Barack Obama will hear from some of the leaders gathered at the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Colombia during talks about drug policies in the region.