History Opium Paper - draft - Catarina Costa HS-112 C.Wahl Final Paper Spring 2015 Worldwide Significance of Opium Trade Based on the past economic and

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Catarina Costa HS-112 C.Wahl Final Paper Spring 2015 Worldwide Significance of Opium Trade Based on the past economic and political issues with regards to the worldwide regulation of opium, the control and legalization of opium should be decided within each individual country because of the wealth opium trade has brought to many poorer nations as well as the conflicts that have arisen between countries with opposing views on opium trade. In the late 19 th century, Great Britain as well as many other European nations viewed opium as a poison and the governments put limitations on the availability of opium. 1 While Great Britain’s government regulating the trade of opium showed the legislative control of Western Countries during this time, the United States took a much different approach in regards to the opium trade. The US had a free marketplace, meaning there were no government rules or regulations at the time. While other countries were engaging in opium wars, America’s decision to place few restrictions on the importation, sale and consumption of opium was an attempt to prevent the establishment of an all-powerful central government, like the ones that were being seen throughout Europe at the time. In learning from the history of opium and the success of the United States government in regards to controlling this drug trade, all countries should allow individual states to make their own rules and regulations. 1 David Musto, “The History of Legislative Control Over Opium, Cocaine and Their Derivatives,” DrugText, March 23,2013.
In many countries, opium is a major part of their economy and many poorer nations would have no economy without the production and trade of this drug. One of these poor nations that has benefited greatly from the opium trade is Afghanistan.

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