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The King Of Nepal: Life Before The Drug Wars By Joseph R. Pietri

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THE KING OF NEPALLife Before the Drug WarsFrom the heydays of the 1960s counterculture’s early access to cheap, plentiful pot through the years of official intervention that foster a surging black market, this tale chronicles a former drug smuggler’s 50-year career in the marijuana trade, its evolution into a multibillion dollar business, and the characters he meets along the way. The journey begins along the infamous Hippie Hash trail that led from London and Amsterdam overland to where, prior to the early 1970’s, hashish was legal and smoked freely in Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and Laos; marijuana and opium were sold openly in Hindu temples in India and throughout much of Asia; and cannabis was widely cultivated in Nepal and many other countries where it has been used for centuries in food, medicine, cloth and spiritual exaltation. In documenting the stark contrasts of the ensuing years, the author examines the impact of the financial incentives awarded by international institutions such as the U.S. government to outlaw the cultivation of cannabis in Nepal – the end of the ‘good old boy’ dope network, the eruption of a violent criminal society, and the birth of a global black market fro hard drugs – as well as the schemes smugglers employed to get around the “man” and deliver the goods…Paperback: 240 pagesPublisher: Trine Day; 1 edition (March 19, 2010)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0979988667ISBN-13: 978-0979988660Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inchesShipping Weight: 10.6 ouncesPrice: $19.95

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