(Story reported by Mica Rosenberg and edited by Missy Ryan and Anthony Boadle for Reuters News)
(Reuters) - Vicente Fox, the former Mexican president who was a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs, has backed the legalization of drugs, saying prohibition has failed to curb Mexico's spiraling violence and corruption.
Fox, whose successor Felipe Calderon is mired in a bloody military campaign against powerful drug cartels, criticized the government's anti-drugs strategy on his blog, joining the ranks of other Latin American leaders who say the war on drugs is fundamentally flawed.
"Legalization does not mean that drugs are good ... but we have to see (legalization of the production, sale and distribution of drugs) as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to earn huge profits," Fox wrote in a posting over the weekend.
"Radical prohibition strategies have never worked."
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