Items tagged with coca

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Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D...
Acquittal in Spanish coca leaf legal case [23.03.2017] BARCELONA - Yesterday the unprecedented resolution of a court case for the importation of coca leaf powder (also known as mambe ) took place at the P...
Bolivia sees coca as a way to perk up its economy – but all everyone else sees is cocaine [15.03.2017] The vision of an expanding international market for legal coca products – such as flour, tea and ointments – is shared widely in Bolivia, and it was ...
Confronting Colombia’s coca boom requires patience and a commitment to the peace accords [13.03.2017] Colombia is in the midst of a coca boom, perhaps its largest ever. The coca boom’s causes are complex, and Colombia’s government is hoping that the U...
Joint statement [13.03.2017] Exactly one year ago, in the 59th session of the CND, the Colombian government urged the international community to openly debate the results obtaine...
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [27.10.2016] The voices of affected communities involved in the cultivation of coca leaf, opium poppy and cannabis plants are lacking in the global debate on drug...
Why is coca leaf left out of the drug research renaissance? [02.08.2016] While marijuana, magic mushrooms, and ayahuasca have all found their way into research labs, coca leaf, the mother of cocaine, seems to be off-limits...
Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs [25.01.2016] Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an...
The Heemskerk Declaration [20.01.2016] In a global meeting small scale farmers of cannabis, coca and opium from 14 countries discussed their contribution to the United Nations General Asse...
Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer [09.11.2015] Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy. Just two years after it ce...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [29.09.2015] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the ...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [15.09.2015] The US has " decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing the countr...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an...
Colombia says rise in coca cultivation shows why it was right to stop spraying [01.07.2015] A new UN study showing a steep rise in the cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine offers fresh support to Colombia’s recent decision to end the...
Exploring the land-drugs nexus [03.06.2015] "For many communities in Myanmar who grow opium, for them opium is not the problem, it is the solution to their problems," said local project consult...
Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate [09.05.2015] Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decis...
Last flight looms for US-funded air war on drugs as Colombia counts health cost [05.05.2015] For more than two decades crop dusters have buzzed the skies of Colombia showering bright green fields of coca with chemical defoliant as part of a U...
Time for a Wake-up Call [26.12.2014] The chemically-based frame of reference adopted by the UN Single Convention is mistaken in the culturally loaded and falsely “scientific” manner in w...
Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas [27.06.2014] Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the ...
Bolivia charts its own path on coca [25.06.2014] The U.N. reported that coca cultivation in Bolivia fell nine percent last year, and a massive 26 percent in the past three years. The nationwide decr...
Global drug policy is still deadly and ineffective [02.06.2014] If you actually read the treaties, while they do set firm limitations on the legal, "non-medical" or "non-scientific" sale of schedule drugs — limits...
Stalled Bolivia coca report delivers moderate verdict [14.11.2013] Bolivia's long-awaited coca use study has found the country needs to cultivate over 14,000 hectares of the crop to satisfy legal demand, a number mor...
Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma [07.10.2013] For fifty years the World’s attitude to and treatment of the coca leaf and coca farmers has been controlled by the UN Drugs Conventions beginning wit...
Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told [07.10.2013] An independent report, Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma?, commissioned by the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform has urge...
Analysis: Colombia’s fight against the coca trade [05.09.2013] EL TARRA, 28 August 2013 (IRIN) - The Colombian government believes people should just say no to growing coca: those that do not, risk aerial sprayin...
Working towards a legal coca market: The case of coca leaf chewing in Argentina [30.07.2013] Modern use of the coca leaf in Argentina provides a series of examples that could contribute to dispelling many of the myths that have polarized deba...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas [30.04.2013] Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followe...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre...
Why we took cocaine out of soda [30.01.2013] When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more eu...
Coca and Snus: Sweden's self-defeating hypocrisy on drugs [15.01.2013] Tradition is disposable. Evidence is marginal. Economic arguments are not important. This, in a nutshell, is what Sweden said to the UN to oppose tra...
Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia [14.01.2013] Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the trea...
Bolivians demand the right to chew coca leaves [13.01.2013] A major international row with wide-ranging implications for global drugs policy has erupted over the right of Bolivia's indigenous Indian tribes to ...
The condemned coca leaf [12.01.2013] Last week, the United Nations voted on an appeal by Bolivia to amend the international treaty that prohibits the chewing of coca leaf. Bolivia won a ...
Schijnheilig bezwaar van Nederland tegen het kauwen van coca bladeren [11.01.2013] De Nederlandse regering heeft bij de Verenigde Naties bezwaar aangetekend tegen de herintreding van Bolivia in het Enkelvoudig Verdrag inzake verdove...
Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf [11.01.2013] Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Conven...
Partial, symbolic victory for Bolivia in battle to legalize coca leaf [11.01.2013] Evo Morales’ global crusade to decriminalize the coca leaf, launched in 2006 after the coca growers’ union leader was first elected president of Boli...
To look tough on drugs, and please the US, the UK is willing to trample on indigenous rights [06.01.2013] The UK says in its objection to Bolivia's reaccession to the 1961 UN Single Convention with a reservation that allows for the traditional chewing of ...
Objections to Bolivia's reservation to allow coca chewing in the UN conventions [03.01.2013] Sweden joined the United States and the United Kingdom in objecting to the re-accession of Bolivia to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs...
Has Bolivia's coca-growing scheme worked? [03.01.2013] Bolivian president Evo Morales, a former coca-leaf farmer, came to power promising to defend the right of Bolivians to produce coca for traditional u...
European Union discussion on response to Bolivia's denunciation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs [28.11.2012] The following notes are summaries of the EU Horizontal Working Party on Drugs discussions about Bolivia’s coca amendment and denunciation of the 1961...
An opportunity lost [18.11.2012] At the International Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD), held in Lima from 14 to 16 November, the Peruvian Government supported by the UNOD...
U.S. marijuana vote may have snowball effect in Latin America [07.11.2012] Voters in Colorado and Washington state who approved the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday sent a salvo from the ballot box that will ricochet ar...
Fact Sheet: Coca leaf and the UN Drugs Conventions [09.10.2012] Version in PDF 1. An ECOSOC mandated study published in 1950 as the Report of the Commission of Enquiry on the Coca Leaf, recommends to suppress “the...
The International Drug Control Treaties [31.07.2012] The way the world looks at drug control is changing. There has been a growing awareness of the issue for the past decade, as well as increasing publi...
How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs [29.07.2012] Like thousands of other Bolivians, Marcela Lopez Vasquez's parents migrated to the Chapare region, in the Andean tropics, desperate to make a living ...
Bolivia defends coca consumption at U.N. meeting [11.03.2012] Bolivian President Evo Morales defended Bolivians' right to chew coca leaves, the main ingredient of cocaine, on Monday, saying it was an ancient rad...
Commanding general confidence? [11.03.2012] This note provides an overview of human rights and international law concerns raised by the 2011 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control...
A Regretful Spirit [28.02.2012] The terms used in the preface to the 2011 INCB annual report leave no doubt as to the illness afflicting this UN body: a (deep) regret is running thr...
The UN International Narcotics Control Board Releases 2011 Annual Report [28.02.2012] The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors implementation of the global drug treaties, has trained its fire on Bolivia, th...

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