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Ghana

  • By: Gernot Klantschnig
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Ghana is a western Africa nation that borders the Gulf of Guinea between Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. Although a developing nation, Ghana is among the most prosperous nations in western Africa. Ghana is one of West Africa's major cannabis producing countries and has in recent years become an important transit point for Asian and Latin American heroin and cocaine on its way to Europe and the United States. International drug control agencies have taken note of these developments and increased their sway over Ghana's policy on psychoactive substances.

Drug Problems

The consumption, production, trade, and control of psychoactive substances, such as alcohol and caffeine-containing kola nuts, has been widespread in many parts of Ghana for centuries. For instance, the Ashanti Empire, which stretched over much of today's ...

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