Decriminalizing coca leaf production


Support and assistance should be provided for research on alternatives to cocaine, while at the same time the Andean reality of the coca leaf should be respected. It would be fairer and more constructive for the peasant producers of the Andes not only to benefit from an ancestral asset of their culture, but also to derive legal profit from the manufacture of many natural products made from coca leaf (tea, tonics, toothpaste, shampoo, dietary products and natural medicines, including products to help drug addicts overcome withdrawal symptoms). These two rights (the right to culture and the right to exploit natural resources) are embodied in the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons.


Facilitated by:
Decriminalizing drugs
Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production