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By Joseph R. Pietri

From the halcyon days of simply obtainable medicinal drugs to years of presidency intervention and a surging black marketplace, this story chronicles a former drug smuggler’s 50-year profession within the drug alternate, its evolution right into a multibillion-dollar company, and the characters he met alongside the best way. the adventure starts off with the notorious Hippie Hash path that led from London and Amsterdam overland to Nepal the place, ahead of the early1970s, cannabis used to be felony and smoked freely in Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and Laos; marijuana and opium have been bought brazenly in Hindu temples in India and lots more and plenty of Asia; and hashish was once generally cultivated in Nepal and Afghanistan to be used in nutrients, medication, and fabric. In documenting the stark contrasts of the consequent years, the narrative examines the effect of the monetary incentives provided by means of foreign associations reminiscent of the U.S. executive to outlaw the cultivation of hashish in Nepal and Afghanistan and to make cannabis and opium unlawful in Turkey—the death of the U.S. “good outdated boy” dope community, the eruption of a violent legal society, and the delivery of an international black marketplace for tough drugs—as good because the schemes smugglers hired to get round customs brokers and diverse regulations.

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