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    Working towards a legal coca market: The case of coca leaf chewing in Argentina

    • Pien Metaal, Ricardo Abduca
    30 July 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 debate about the subject over the last few years. Argentine coca consumption does not fit commonly held preconceptions on the subject. Furthermore, the social acceptance and legitimacy of the habit has created an absurd situation in which the sale and possession of coca leaf for consumption is legal, but the supply and wholesale purchase of it are prohibited, and therefore part of an illegal circuit.

  2. Hacia un mercado legal para la coca: el caso del coqueo argentino

    • Pien Metaal, Ricardo Abduca
    04 July 2013

    El caso del consumo contemporáneo de hoja de coca en Argentina brinda una serie de ejemplos que pueden contribuir a desarmar buena parte de la mitología polarizada que se ha ido construyendo en los últimos años en torno a la hoja de coca. El consumo argentino no encaja en dichas preconcepciones. Además, su aceptación social y legal ha creado una situación absurda en la cual la venta y la posesión para el consumo de la hoja de coca es legal, pero la provisión y la compra están proscritas, dejándolas en manos de un circuito ilegal.

  3. Bogotá’s medical care centres for drug addicts

    • Julián Quintero
    02 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    The opening in September 2012 of the first centre for drug addicts in Bogota is a welcome first step towards more humane and effective drug policies in Colombia’s capital city, but to be effective needs to be integrated into proper overall drugs strategy.