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article imageCanada: Green Party Says Legalize Opium Production in Afghanistan

By Bob Ewing     Aug 30, 2007 in World
Poppy production is on the rise in Afghanistan and efforts to end the illegal trade have failed. Elizabeth May, Canada's Green party leader says it is time for a new approach, legitimize the trade.
Canada's Green party leader, Elizabeth May, has come out in favour of legitimizing opium poppy production in Afghanistan. The reason she offers is that efforts to eradicate the opium trade have failed and so it is now time to use a different approach.
May states that the legitimization of poppy cultivation would enable the growers to earn a decent living and at the same time cut out the drug lords, and the Taliban, who profit from this international activity.
According to the plan that the Green party is putting forward, Afghan opium would be processed into morphine and then would be exported to developing countries. Special trade agreements would have to be negotiated to facilitate this arrangement.
May says that efforts to reconstruct the country are being undermined by the opium trade. Recent studies have suggested that poppy production is on a serious growth curve and that the country now produces 90 per cent of the world's opium.
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