Bolivia formally renounces UN narcotics convention because it penalizes coca-leaf chewing

30 June 2011
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Bolivia's government has informed the United Nations it is renouncing the world body's anti-drug convention because it classifies coca leaf as an illegal drug, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Bolivia's decision comes after a proposal by President Evo Morales to remove language obliging countries that have signed the convention to ban the chewing of coca leaves was rejected following U.S. objections.

The Associated Press
Thursday, June 30, 2011