Cocaine is illegal in most countries because it has been considered a "hard drug" since 1914 when The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was passed in the United States. For traditonal reasons, coca is allowed to be grown in the indigenous population of Colombia. In most parts of Africa it is illegally to be in possession of the drug or to even be seen with it. Death is often a punishment in parts of the Middle East and Asia if people are found with the drug. In South America, coca crops are able to be grown by farmers with special permission, but it is a crime if they process actual cocaine. In some parts of Europe and Australia, cocaine is allowed to be processed for medicinal uses only.