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Security minister calls to decriminalize drugs use

Security Minister María Cecilia Rodríguez (second from right) is seen yesterday alongside Security Secretary Sergio Berni (right).

Rodríguez claims trafficking is ‘the real problem, says Berni is a good spokesman for ministry

In a sign that the decriminalization of drug use could soon be up for debate, Security Minister María Cecilia Rodríguez said yesterday that she thought it was time to discuss the topic because of how drugs were violently affecting society.

“I think we need to stop being hypocritical and speak about the issues — what matters to me is drug trafficking and how it has made people live a life of violence, fighting for clients and making themselves vulnerable,” the Security Minister said.

With these remarks, Rodríguez echoed Security Secretary Sergio Berni, who weeks before had mentioned he was in favour of decriminilizing all types of drugs as long as it were for personal consumption.

“Whatever we can do, I will be in the first row willing to discuss it,” said the minister, affirming that she wasn’t a consumer but that she still wanted to discuss it “with the consumers, associations, the Church, political parties... If it prevents deaths, I’m in favour of decriminalizing consumption, with the necessary precautions.”

The success of the implementation of Uruguay’s recent decriminalization of marijuana consumption would also be a determining factor on whether Argentina would seriously consider following the same path, the Security minister said at a ceremony held at the Obelisk in commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the creation of the National Guard.

In November, Berni appeared to acknowledge that the country needs to find a different way to fight the scourge of drug trafficking and hinted that legalization could be an option.

“Conventional policies in the fight against drugs have failed around the world,” Berni claimed. “It’s a complex issue that must be worked on humbly with great responsibility. We have to be able to listen, observe and find a new model.”

‘Berni is a good spokesman’

Rodríguez also responded to criticisms she had been receiving from the media and opposition figures in the past few months over her low profile.

The Security minister — a member of La Cámpora Kirchnerite youth organization — claimed that the reason she wasn‘t more vocal was because Berni is already the acting spokesman for the ministry and joked that she was “not afraid of journalists.”

“We are not going to fight over the microphone, but I’m available for any questions and to talk about our work” at the department, the minister said during an interview to La Red radio.

“I think Sergio (Berni) is a good spokesman for the ministry,” Rodríguez concluded.

Herald with DyN

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