Per the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, drug availability was first recorded in the 1970s in the Maldives. Cannabis usage was noted among tourists, who may have introduced it to the country.
- United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2003). Rapid Situation Assessment of Drug Abuse in Maldives. United Nations Publications. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-92-1-120184-0.
- Bernan Press (29 July 2005). Yearbook of the United Nations 2003. United Nations Publications. pp. 1276–. ISBN 978-92-1-100905-7.