Bolivian President Evo Morales says chewing coca leaves is a cultural heritage and ancestral practice.
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Steeped, chewed, or set alight in a ritual: the coca leaf has been used for millennia in the Andes for medicinal and sacred purposes. The rest of the world, however, sees it as the source plant for the illegal narcotic cocaine.
LA PAZ, Bolivia, Jan 29, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has removed all its agents from Bolivia, complying with orders by President Evo Morales, officials said.
Terrorism in the name of drug war has become commonplace in Bolivia.