The coca leaf
is used to make highly addictive cocaine, which may help explain the drink's quick expansion.
Encouragingly, peasants who drew their livelihood from harvesting and selling coca leaf
have stepped up, with some 25,000 families pledging to rip out their coca patches in exchange for subsidies and assistance to grow legal crops.
Since the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, coca leaf
has been classified as one of the most strictly controlled substances.
While the Bolivian government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that coca cultivation decreased to 20,200 hectares in 2015, the United States Government--using different methodology--estimated that coca leaf
cultivation increased in Bolivia to 36,500 hectares in 2015, representing a 15-year high.
Nevertheless, he added, his government respects "the millenary traditional use of the coca leaf
as it has been historically used in countries like Peru and Bolivia.
Nearly three years earlier, at a United Nations summit on drugs, Morales "ate a coca leaf
in front of [the] delegates" to emphasize that the leaf is not a harmful product and that it actually possesses many benefits to Bolivians.
The presidential gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia - where Morales began his political career as the leader of coca leaf
farmers - is aimed at expressing outrage over his "virtual kidnapping" and the U.
Vicos owner and manager Victor Escobar said that it is a highly fermented white beer with five percent alcohol content, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and has moderate aroma, color and flavor of coca leaf
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11, the UN accepted a demand from Bolivia, which had been working hard since mid-2011 for recognition of Bolivians' right to chew coca leaf
(aculliar), a common practice among Andean communities.
For centuries, a limited quantity of Bolivian coca leaf
has been chewed and used in traditional rituals, but in the 1970s and 1980s the emergence of the drug trade led to a rapid increase in coca cultivated to make cocaine.
Lawmakers in Colombia have proposed legislation that would decriminalize the cultivation of the coca leaf
and marijuana, claiming this would reduce the nation's widespread drug-related violence.
Crack is also not an industrial drug; it is a derivative of the coca leaf
To market the drink there, Redux would need to add extract of coca leaf
The FARC remain a force in some rural areas, mainly in southern jungles, where state presence is still weak and impoverished residents are often forced to join armed groups or grow coca leaf
used to make cocaine.