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The Worst Drug War in the World: Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno on Colombia’s Trauma

April 3, 2018
Sánchez-Moreno, above, writes that Colombia 'has been forced, however imperfectly and partially, to begin a conversation about how it will address its worst crimes and injustices.' (Photo by George Baier IV, courtesy of Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno)

The Roll-Up features Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

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Bonus Episode: An Interview with Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno

Bonus Content: Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno drops in to Leafly HQ to talk about cannabis legalization, emerging trends in global drug policy, and her new book, There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia. 

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There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Columbia

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno’s book is available at bookstores and at Amazon

“In her masterful work, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno unravels the intrigue, politics, and history between Colombia’s government and its paramilitaries. Through her precise reporting and elegant prose, There Are No Dead Here paints a vivid and harrowing portrait of three brave individuals who, despite death threats and great risk to themselves and their families, expose some of their country’s darkest secrets. This book is a must for anyone fascinated by Colombia’s complex history.”―Melissa del Bosque, author of Bloodlines

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  • Micki Popp

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