Prohibitionists in the U.S. and around the world are reeling from the recent cannabis developments in Washington, Colorado, Uruguay, etc., resulting in truly pathetic attempts to defend their position.
Before long, they may have a new headache…
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has assumed the chairmanship of the Group of 77 nations and said he would use his new international platform to have coca leaf, which can be refined into cocaine, removed from the list of internationally banned drugs. [...]
Bolivia was chosen head of the G-77, which actually groups 133 developing nations, by consensus, and Morales was at the United nations on Wednesday to take over the chairmanship from outgoing Fiji.
At a news conference, Morales took pride in saying that “Last year, we achieved recognition of traditional consumption of the coca leaf,” a mild stimulant chewed to relieve altitude sickness and to elevate the mood in Andean nations.
Bolivia had pulled out of the Vienna Convention anti-drug treaty in 2011, but last year it was allowed to rejoin with the reservation that it would not prosecute coca leaf chewing. Bolivia regards its readmission as an international concession of the legality of the traditional social use of coca leaf.
“Our next task will be to remove the coca leaf from the list of prohibited substances,” he told reporters, speaking through a translator.
Can’t wait until Kevin Sabet hears we’re opening a coca tea shop.