European Parliament in favour of licit use of coca leaf

23 May 2008
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The European Parliament calls on the Commission and the Member States to explore ways of promoting substances derived from coca leaves for lawful use.

The European Parliament approved a report by MEP Giusto Catania on the Green Paper on the role of civil society in drugs policy in the European Union. Among other things, the EP called "on the Commission and the Member States to explore ways of cooperating with EU civil-society organisations involved in promoting substances derived from coca leaves for lawful use purely as a means of contributing effectively (by absorbing raw materials) to international action against drugs trafficking, ensuring at the same time the safe use of such substances."