Marijuana Boom: The Rise and Fall of Colombia's First Drug Paradise

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Univ of California Press, Mar 24, 2020 - History - 352 pages
Before Colombia became one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine in the 1980s, traffickers from the Caribbean coast partnered with American buyers in the 1970s to make the South American country the main supplier of marijuana for a booming US drug market, fueled by the US hippie counterculture. How did Colombia become central to the creation of an international drug trafficking circuit? Marijuana Boom is the story of this forgotten history. Combining deep archival research with unprecedented oral history, Lina Britto deciphers a puzzle: Why did the Colombian coffee republic, a model of Latin American representative democracy and economic modernization, transform into a drug paradise, and at what cost?

 
 

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Contents

A Forgotten History I
1
Tropical Commodities
21
Tropical Commodities 58
23
Riohachas old pier and dividivistorage facility circa 1950
33
Seasonal workers during cotton harvest 1970
43
Supporter of Nacho Vives at a protest in Plaza de Bolívar Bogotá
54
Marijuana Smuggling
57
Cachaco coffee grower during harvest Sierra Nevada de Santa
60
P E A
89
de Santa Marta 1965
94
Cultural Negotiation
116
PART T H R E
147
Reign of Terror Criminalization and Violence
183
A Remembered History
211
Appendix Comment on Oral Sources
219
Bibliography
287

Entrance to San Juan del Cesars cemetery 2018
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Lina Britto is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.

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