Friday, March 11, 2005
More Afghan Opium News
Radio-Free Europe has reported that a Paris-based think tank is recommending that Afghan poppy farmers become legal poppy growers licensed by the UN.
Opium can be produced for legitimate medical purposes, and currently the UN"s International Narcotics Control Board licenses farmers in certain countries to produce the drug legally.
The think tank is just beginning a feasibility study on the issue of licensing Afghani poppy farmers, and has not yet reached any formal conclusions. However, given that experts estimate as much as 60% of Afghanistan's economy is dependent upon the illegal drug trade, a licensing scheme for poppy growing in this country would seem to make sense. At the very least, it is worth exploring as an option, instead of blindly continuing the current unsuccessful war on poor farmers and villagers.