Secretary of State Clinton, speaking at a forum hosted by Foreign Policy magazine, was answering a question by Costa Rica’s ambassador to the U.S. Muni Figueres. “I respect those in the region who believe strongly that [U.S. legalization] would end the problem.” Clinton said. “I am not convinced of that, speaking personally.”
Some Central American leaders have urged the United States to consider other approaches to domestic drug usage — citing ruthless drug cartels that murder thousands of their citizens. Several Central American countries are considering limited legalization of drugs within their borders.
“I think when you’ve got ruthless vicious people who have made money one way and it’s somehow blocked, they’ll figure out another way,” she said. “They’ll do kidnapping they’ll do extortion.”