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August 5, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(6):460. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740310044021

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The Government Monopoly of Narcotics  The narcotic law, promulgated June 6, makes the manufacture of preparations from crude opium, opium salts, ethers and extracts, morphine and its salts and crude cocaine and its salts, and the import and export of specialties containing such constituents a government monopoly. The monopoly of drugs and narcotics has been established as a part of the ministry of national economy. The new law has twenty articles, the most important of which are as follows:The monopoly is to attend to all affairs pertaining to the purchase and sale of opium and to engage in all enterprises in connection therewith, to analyze all prospective purchases, to combine the different grades, reclassify them, insure the standardization of opium, organize an administrative center and establish a laboratory, and fix prices. The administration is to indicate the areas set aside for opium cultivation and by advertisements in the press

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