Pien Metaal, Tom Blickman, Equipo Intercambios, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
08 October 2006
Based on two studies carried out in the cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, this report examines the origin, characteristics and impact of the explosive increase in cocaine base paste in urban areas.
Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when in fact they refer to cocaine. TNI's Drugs and Democracy Team exposes the myths and reality surrounding the coca leaf.
The coca-cocaine issue has gained momentum by the ascending of a peasant leader to the presidency in Bolivia, who announced making a case for the de-scheduling of the coca leaf from it's current classification as a dangerous narcotic drug in the international drug control conventions. Time has come to clarify longstanding confusion on the distinction between the coca leaf and its principal derivate cocaine.
For years, in Uruguay, various political factions have been promoting cannabis regulation in order to separate the market for soft drugs from the market for dangerous substances. This section presents important pronouncements, initiatives and proposals to reform the law, in chronological order.