Thursday, May 20, 2010

Afghanistan now world's top cannabis source: U.N.

In politics nothing happens by accident, if it happens you can bet it was planned that way. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do you really think it's an accident that there was zero drugs coming out of Afghanistan - due to Taliban law - prior to our invasion, and now Afghanistan is the world's number one hashish and marijuana exporter, and has the global opium market cornered at over 95%? You think it's an accident that the same thing happened during the Vietnam War? Grow up, Count Chocula.

    Reuters -

    Long the world's largest producer of opium, the raw ingredient of heroin, Afghanistan has now become the top supplier of cannabis, with large-scale cultivation in half of its provinces, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

    Between 10,000 and 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown every year in Afghanistan, with major cultivation in 17 out 34 provinces, the U.N. drug agency (UNODC) said in its first report on cannabis production in Afghanistan.

    While some countries grow cannabis on more land, Afghanistan's robust crop yields -- 145 kg of resin per hectare compared to around 40 kg per hectare in Morocco -- make it the world's largest producer, estimated at 1,500-3,500 tons a year.

    "This report shows that Afghanistan's drug problem is even more complex than just the opium trade," said Antonio Maria Costa, head of UNODC in the report.

    "Reducing Afghanistan's cannabis supply should be dealt with more seriously, as part of the national drug control strategy."

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