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Bolivians defend custom of chewing coca leaves, launch coca-based soft drink

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Evo Morales called for eighteen months at a change in the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs to prohibit the chewing of coca leaf. Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido y Suecia han anunciado que se opondrán a la despenalización. United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden have announced they will oppose decriminalization.
El gobierno boliviano defiende la hoja de coca y su masticado, una práctica social y religiosa de las culturas indígenas andinas que utilizan sus propiedades estimulantes para calmar el hambre y el cansancio, aunque causa recelo en el exterior por ser la materia prima de la cocaína. The government defends Bolivian coca leaf and chewed, social and religious practice of Andean indigenous cultures that use its stimulating properties to relieve hunger and fatigue, but causes suspicion abroad for being a ra

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Added: Jan-31-2011 Occurred On: Jan-31-2011
By: TheSanityInspector
Tags: cocaine, drugs, narcotics, bolivia, indigenous peoples, drug war
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