Taken from the Drug Policy
Alliance- Library: http://www.lindesmith.org/library/prehenm.html
Formerly the Lindesmith Center and the Drug Policy Foundation
Henman, Anthony Richard: "Coca: an Alternative
to Cocaine?", Drug Policy 1989-1990: A Reformer's Catalogue, pp.
This article examines alternatives to the war on drugs in terms of the
continued survival of the legal market in coca leaves. By comparing two
areas of traditional coca use and cultivation-northwest Amazonas state,
Brazil, and the department of Cuzco, Peru-the differences are highlighted
between Peruvian and Brazilian attitudes towards coca and ethnic identity.
Formulations based on a rigid dichotomy between (good) coca and (bad) cocaine
are shown to confuse morality with purely practical considerations. Rather
than a simple distinction between substances, the experience of indigenous
drug users in South America suggests an understanding of the importance
of cultural values in controlling any kind of drug consumption, and a recognition
of the long-term effectiveness of " user-friendly" strategies of prevention.
complete article in http://www.lindesmith.org/library/prehenm.html
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