Processing coca leaves into coca paste is considerably more profitable for farmers than selling unprocessed leaves. However, paste is not covered by the judicial immunity granted as part of the peace deal, leaving farmers with a legal dilemma.
In a worrying development, Cambodian officials are seeking means to speed up court procedures and liquidate the seized assets of suspected drug traffickers before they are convicted to help fund the government’s ongoing efforts to combat drugs.
Recent evidence suggests that allowing access to medical cannabis may reduce the frequency of opioid overdoses. This is particularly pertinent in India as certain regions have become increasingly gripped by a deadly opioid crisis.