Bolivia Raises Coca Production After Protests

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    Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful coca policy: the gap between legal production and legal consumption.

    On February 23, the Bolivian government and coca farmers came to an agreement for the country's planned new coca law to allow 22,000 hectares of coca to be legally planted each year, reported La Razon.

    The accord brought an end to weeks of violent protests by coca farmers against the law and its initial provision for 20,000 hectares of legal production. Under the terms of the current law, dating from 1986, only 12,000 hectares are allowed to supply Bolivia's legal coca market.

    The new law not only regulates the quantity of coca cultivations legally allowed in Bolivia, it also aims to create new mechanisms for the state to regulate production, distribution, sales, industrialization and exportation of Bolivian coca. Following the agreement with the coca farmers, the house of deputies approved the bill, which will now move to the senate, reported La Razon.

    More: http://www.insightcrime.org/news-br...ivation-limits-widens-legal-supply-demand-gap
     
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