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Cambodia

  • By: Li-Ching Hung & Cary Stacy Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Drug control efforts in Cambodia are reportedly hampered by narcotics-related corruption that allegedly involves government agents, military personnel, and police officers. Cambodia is a limited methamphetamine-producing nation and is vulnerable to money laundering activities. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in Cambodia, with approximately 3.5 percent of the adult population using, but methamphetamine use is reportedly increasing.

Cambodia is a major center for the illicit drug trade in Asia. In addition, it has a reputation as a marijuana smokers' paradise, and is a major supplier of cannabis to countries in east and southeast Asia and around the world. In order to counteract these problems, the Cambodian government ...

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