oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The international legal regulation of drug production, distribution and consumption



Through being party to various multilateral conventions, most significantly the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Psychotropic Substances Convention and the 1972 Protocol to the Single Convention, South Africa applies a detailed system regulating the lawful production, distribution and consumption of drugs. This article examines in some detail the provisions of and the organs that apply this relatively obscure legal system. It focuses on the development in the post·World War II period of the provisions relating to the administration of the commercial regulation of drugs, and not on the international legal provisions concerned specifically with the suppression of illicit drug trafficking, which constitute a discernably distinct legal system.


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