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

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

by Lina Britto

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Overview

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?

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520325470
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lina Britto is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Forgotten History

PART ONE
ASCENDANCE

1 • Wheels of Progress: Tropical Commodities and Regional Formation
2 • Coming from the Mountain: Coffee Contraband and Marijuana Smuggling

PART TWO
PEAK

3 • Santa Marta Gold: Technological Adaptations and Boom
4 • Party Animals: Vallenato Music and Cultural Negotiation

PART THREE
DECLINE

5 • Two Peninsulas: Narcotics Diplomacy and the War on Drugs
6 • Reign of Terror: Criminalization and Violence
Conclusions: A Remembered History

Appendix. Comment on Oral Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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