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4/14/09

Cocaine: Like Charts?

Plan Colombia and Beyond got lots and lots of charts. Check out the article "A compendium of drug-war statistics" because it's all you need to read on the raw numbers of the whole issue.

Applause deserved for this simply excellent resumé of the Andean cocaine sector, including UN and US numbers for Colombia, Peru and Bolivian production. I'm not going to paste any of the charts here because they're better seen all together, but I will indulge by posting PC&B's concluding paragraph as it's one with which I wholeheartedly agree.

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"All of these metrics indicate clear failure, despite heavy U.S. and Colombian investment - in money and lives - in a decades-long effort to reduce cocaine supplies coming from Colombia. The argument in favor of a new drug policy could hardly be stronger."