Calgary Herald

Peruvian presidenti­al candidate may ease drug laws


LIMA • Former president Alejandro Toledo, the frontrunne­r in Peru’s presidenti­al race, said Thursday he would consider decriminal­izing drug use if elected while cracking down on trafficker­s in the world’s top coca grower.

Toledo, who backs market-- friendly economic policies and has cast himself as a progressiv­e on social issues before the April 10 vote, also said he was pro-choice on abortion and in favour of civil unions for gay couples.

Peru currently allows people to possess small amounts of recreation­al drugs. Toledo said he might loosen them further. A growing number of Latin American countries already have relaxed laws targeting drug consumers in order to focus police resources on trafficker­s.

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