|President Obama appears on a screen at the Summit of the Americas in
Cartagena, Colombia. |
"Legalization [of drugs] is not the answer," Obama said.
(Fernando Vergara, Associated Press / April 14, 2012 LA Times)
Santos wants the 33 countries participating in the summit to consider alternatives to what many leaders consider the failed war on drugs, possibly including regulating marijuana and even cocaine the way that alcohol and tobacco are.
Obama told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, host of the summit, that he is willing to discuss whether American drug laws are "doing more harm than good in certain places."