Are there any countries in Golarion where drugs are legal?


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Just wondering.

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Given that Golarion is largely pseudo-Europea-ish, a better question is where drugs are explicitly illegal? Prohibition of narcotics prior to XIX century existed mostly in Islamic law and some Far Eastern countries, so I'm inclined to think that Golarion would be mostly "substance friendly" with some exceptions in places like Cheliax or Rahadoum.


On the other hand, the Inner Sea is a very modern region, at the very least.
I'd expect places like Andoran to have some laws regarding that. Maybe Ustalav and some others too.
Other countries would probably regulate drugs rather than banning them. Allowing them, within a set of rules - that's where I'd expect Cheliax to be.
Then you have the places where the laws regarding drugs will exist mostly to protect the status of the state as the main dealer, like probably Razmiran.

But ... Yeah.
Probably not a lot of regulation overall.
Feels like it's still much too early for international trafficking, as the continents seem to interact very little. There shouldn't have been too many huge epidemics yet - since no country in Avistan is a huge producer. And we have no Opium Wars equivalent that I know of in Golarion's history.
Now, both Avistan and TianXia are in the process of getting over their major upheavals from last century, so it could come up relatively soon - I could absolutely see Cheliax pulling the opium trick once they get their minds back on colonization.

Edit : there's also more simply the need for countries to define what is dangerous drug that should be banned, what is a potentially dangerous medicine that should be regulated, and what is new and therefore great and totally fine.
It's not that long ago that things like cocaine and heroine - or radioactive stuff - were totally legitimate, relatively easy to obtain "medicine". Or just laudanum. Not to get into even more modern issues with other opioids.


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One country (Katapesh) even has a large part of their economy dedicated to the production and export of drugs (pesh, among others).


Gorbacz wrote:
Given that Golarion is largely pseudo-Europea-ish, a better question is where drugs are explicitly illegal? Prohibition of narcotics prior to XIX century existed mostly in Islamic law and some Far Eastern countries, so I'm inclined to think that Golarion would be mostly "substance friendly" with some exceptions in places like Cheliax or Rahadoum.

I understand with Cheliax, but why Rahadoum? (I'm guessing since drugs are associated with religion in a lot of places).

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