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|Bolivian President Evo Morales has suggested that the next Pope try wine made from coca leaf, something Bolivians have chewed for centuries and can also be used to make cocaine. He recalled how Frenchman Angelo Mariani won a Vatican gold medal in the 19th century for his coca wine. Mariani's tonic wine was prized in his time for its perceived benefits for health and vitality, and was enjoyed by public figures ranging from Queen Victoria to Thomas Edison.|
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