Marijuana Boom (Paperback)

The Rise and Fall of Colombia's First Drug Paradise

By Lina Britto

University of California Press, 9780520325470, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

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Description

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?

 


About the Author

Lina Britto is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.