In the twentieth century a sophisticated treaty regime was developed both to ensure the supply and use of drugs for medical and scientific purposes and to suppress the non-medicinal supply and use of drugs, which is now a centrepiece of transnational criminal law. The focus of this chapter is on the latter function. It traces the development of the global prohibition of illicit drug supply and use from fairly rudimentary roots to very detailed rules. The rationale of the international illicit drug control system is that effective domestic control of drug abuse is...
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