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Drug Trade in Himachal Pradesh

Despite the enactment of stringent acts such as the NDPS, drug trade and smuggling continues to rise unabated in India. This study of the drug trade in Himachal Pradesh argues that it is impossible to enforce legislation that does not take into account existing socio-economic and cultural realities. Cultivation of crops for the drug trade affords locals lucrative opportunities, given the region's perennial underdevelopment. The paper also argues for a stricter differentiation between drugs of various kinds and for restricting certain drugs to 'local use', especially so in the case of cannabis that has for long been popular with mystics and sadhus.
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