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Fonda, Howard B. (Ed.)

Reports of the Commission of Enquiry on the Coca Leaf. May 1950. Economic and Social Council. Official Records. Fifth Year: Twelfth Session. Special Supplement No. 1.


New York; United Nations, 1950. 27,5x21,5 cm. viii, 167, (1 blank) pp. + folding diagram + 2 folding maps + 4 leaves of photographic plates. Original printed wrappers. Front wrapper and edges are slightly spotted. Rear wrapper has a light cornerfold. The last leaf of photos is slightly spotted. Contents are fine. Signature in pencil on the title leaf by Swedish diplomat Lennart Petri (1914-1996). The commission was sent to South America in 1949 on requests from the Peruvian and Colombian governments, to study the effects of the use of coca leaves on the populations. The commission termed coca chewing a habit and not an addiction, but defined it as a dangerous habit with harmful effects on the individual users and the nations at large. The report suggested a gradual suppression of the cultivation and distribution of coca leaves, and it was much criticised for its disregard of the interests and traditions of the indigenous peoples, who were the main coca users. The United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, which was mainly based on this report, prohibited the use of the coca leaf except for medical or scientific purposes.

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