In the Media

Weird cases: cocaine livens up proceedings

PUBLISHED March 26, 2015

Since its common usage in various countries centuries ago, and then its criminalisation in the 1920s, cocaine has periodically made startling headlines. After the chemist Angelo Mariani developed a cocaine wine in 1863, the chief rabbi of France declared “Praise be to Mariani’s wine!” and Pope Leo XIII awarded Mariani a Vatican medal, and reportedly carried a flask of the elixir.

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