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""Drugs, Law and the State"" is based on the notion that drug control policy largely reflects the society in which it is found. And just as the nations of the world vary politically, economically and culturally, so do they vary in their laws regarding the production, distribution and consumption of psychotropic drugs. The nine essays contained in this book, written by scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia, aim to provide an in-depth examination of a number of socio-legal developments over the past decades. Taken as a whole, the contributors assume that modern drug control policies are explained best by theories that emphasize the role of ideology, legitimacy and history. Among the topics covered are the legacy of America's prohibition of alcohol; international drug trade; the ""war on drugs"" and moral imperialism; the subservience of drug control policy to foreign policy; and the likelihood of more rational approaches to the formulation of drug policy.