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Papua New Guinea

  • By: Crystal Bryson & Lawrence J. Hammar
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Papua New Guinea is a nation in Oceania. It is a group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. Indonesia forms its western border. Although Papua New Guinea is not highly involved in the international trafficking of drugs, it is a major consuming nation of cannabis. There are also several intoxicating traditional substances and beverages that are widely consumed.

Marijuana

Australian and American expatriates likely introduced marijuana (spak brus) to Papua New Guineans in the 1960s and 1970s. Though illegal, its use disseminated rapidly, especially among younger users. Highly potent “New Guinea Gold” is cultivated widely in isolated highlands communities, where it has replaced food and cash crops owing to its profitability and ...

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