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.