Anthropologists Advocate for Coca Chewing Amendment

5 thoughts on “Anthropologists Advocate for Coca Chewing Amendment”

  1. Me fascino la claridad del articulo y en especial el apoyo de la AAA al asunto de la despenalización del consumo tradicional de la hoja de coca.
    Soy un antropologo boliviano cuya pagina es que trabaje tanto con poblaciones indígenas quechuas como con mineros, ambos consumidores de la hoja de coca y, una ley no puede decir que ellos son unos drogadictos, por que no entran en ninguna definición sobre el tema.

    Traducido al ingles:
    I love the clarity of the article and especially the support of the AAA to the issue of decriminalization of traditional consumption of coca leaf.
    I am a Bolivian anthropologist whose website is working with both indigenous Quechua as miners, both consumers of coca leaf, a law can not say that they are a drug, that do not fall within any definition of the subject.

  2. Interesting stuff, and thanks for the article. This sacred leaf is an amazing tool in our herbal cornucopia. As a medicinal food alone the benefits of chewing coca leaves, and brewing coca tea are phenomenal.

    The politicians involved in coca prohibition on the other hand are phenomenally misguided tools. How much more time, blood, money, and livelihood will we waste perpetuating a system of terrible injustice against honest people, worldwide?

    The United States (and the rest of the world) need to buck up to the fact that the global war on drugs is a masochistic shit show in desperate need of dismantling.

    “La hoja de coca no es droga”

  3. Thank you, Doug, for summarizing this issue for an anthropology audience. For those of us who work in Bolivia, Morales’s amendment is a no-brainer; of course it should pass to redress an historical injustice. That the US administration refused to concede even this minor aspect of the UN convention shows how out of touch–or willfully ignorant–it is with the history and culture of the Andean region. Military and top-down development solutions to the “drug war” sadly remain the order of the day, while democratic solutions from the grassroots are shoved aside.

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