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Legal Acapulco Gold Gets Calderon Consideration as Deaths Mount

A record number of homicides in Mexico is forcing President Felipe Calderon to open discussions on a new strategy in the war on drugs: legalization.

Calderon said earlier this month he’s willing to rethink measures to fight trafficking after 28,000 deaths tied to drug cartels since he entered office in December 2006. His remarks prompted debate, with former President Vicente Fox and other politicians saying legalization would cut funding to gangs and boost government revenue, while U.S. drug policy director Gil Kerlikowske argued it wouldn’t curb violence or weaken cartels.