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31 Supremo Amicus [1] (2022)

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VOLUME 31 1 SEPTEMBER, 2022                                     ISSN 2456-9704
From Saveetha School Of Law,
Saveetha Institute Of Medical And Technical Sciences Chennai
The evolution of drug tourism can be traced back to the 1960s in North America and the Western
Europe by the counterculture generations. It was a time when youth opposed the norms of the
society and expressed their disapproval of racial, ethnic, and political injustices through resistance
and revolution. Drug tourism has been evolving since but the purpose remains the same. As a result
of their pursuit of happiness, drug tourists engage in social behaviours such as building strong
social relations, feeling a sense of freedom, being in an entertaining atmosphere, and living the
local culture. Hence the drug tourists see drug tourism as a process from escaping to seeking.
Southeast Asia, particularly in the golden triangle, which includes Laos, Myanmar, and
Thailand, has a strong drug culture. In the current trend along with the well-known Golden
Triangle and Golden Crescent, smugglers are utilising well-liked tourist sites in India, such as Goa,
Manali, New Delhi, and Mumbai, as their base to transport expensive synthetic drugs to distant
nations like Canada, Israel, the UK, Germany, and Holland. Hashish of Malan at Himachal, Magic
Mushrooms from Kodaikanal, Idukki Gold in Kerala, Bhang and Opium of Rajasthan, Psychedelic
drugs in Goa are major drug destinations that attract domestic as well as international tourists in
India. Drugs like pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, which have medical usage, are cheap in India.
When compared with Afghanistan, opium cultivation is done in many parts of Himachal Pradesh,
Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and the Northeast states. Hence these drug markets highly
attract the narcotic tourists to India.
The devotees of the Lord Shiva believe smoking marijuana is a way of worshipping him which
often misleading the religious tourists to smoke weed. The principal factors behind this are
searching for spiritual connections and personal growth, emotional healing, and the growth of one's
own self-awareness, including interaction with the sacred natural world, God, natural energies and
spirits. There are a few Psytrance festivals like Himalayan Music Festival, Indrasan Festival, Space
Trip Festival, Arudra Festival, Parvati Peaking, Parvati Shangri-La Festival, HillTop Festival,
Kundalini Shakti Festival, Cosmic Zoo are iconic trance parties famous in India. Drug tourism is
an extremely dangerous practice and it's voluntary risk taking concerned with legal, social and
medical consequences. Different legal controls on the use of illegal drugs had been put in place
by the local government and community, but they had generally failed. The increasing trend in
drug tourism raises questions about the efficacy of current legal frameworks in curbing the niche
drug markets and drug abuse among tourists. Prioritizing treatment, education, and rehabilitation
is urgently necessary because stigma, shame, and silence only serve to exacerbate this illness.


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