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Crop substitution finally working in Afghanistan?

Farmers in Afghanistan are finally finding something to grow that will make them more money than opium.

Cannabis.

IDPC reports on a UNODC survey…

The findings confirmed Afghanistan’s role as a major grower of cannabis, but also discovered that the country produced more cannabis resin or hashish than any other nation.

Cannabis gross income shot up for farmers between 2009 and 2010 from $3,900 per hectare (about 2.5 acres) to $9,000 per hectare. Opium was at $4,900 and wheat at $770.

That drug war really is effective, isn’t it?

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12 comments to Crop substitution finally working in Afghanistan?

  • Cannabis

    Cannabis is good. Does it require less labor, too?

  • Anonymous

    I bet some of that money somehow makes its way into the hands of all the major US drug prohibitionists… Kerlikowske, Leonhart, Smith and probably a lot of senators/governers.

  • Billie Budd

    And,unless the accumulated wisdom of the ages was wiped clean by the Taliban, they make some pretty righteous hash in that part of the world….

  • kaptinemo

    (Chuckling) Yes, crop substitution worked…for only this one time.

    Facepalm) I keep thinking about that old SF story called “The Marching Morons”. Generation after generation of ’em, and they just naturally seem to gravitate to the jobs – like drug prohibitionist – where their incompetency causes massive damage to society as a whole. There’s just no end of ’em.

    • DdC

      “The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.”
      – Archibald MacLeish, “In Praise of Dissent,” 1956

  • primus

    This is all happening while the might of the US and other militaries are ‘controlling’ the country? The amount of cannabis being grown is increasing, the profits are immense, and the US army can’t stop it. LOL.

  • strayan

    Money and poverty alleviation remain the primary reasons reported by farmers to cultivate cannabis

    HOW DARE THEY THINK THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY!!!

  • Ed Dunkle

    The U.S. is spending TEN BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH occupying Afghanistan. Your tax dollars at work.

  • Duncan20903

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    Well that’s good news. The best hashish I ever enjoyed came from Afghanistan. To be fair I’ve never given any coming out of a California dispensary a fair test so I could just be living in the past. But that black hash that the terrorists Afghan Freedom Fighters sent over here in the early 1980s was top shelf back then at least.

  • Windy

    Affie was always good weed.

  • DdC

    Temple Balls

    The Great Books of Hashish laurencecherniak.com
    “I first saw Laurence’s books in the early 70’s. They were the finest quality books, color photos and explanations that I have ever seen on cannabis and hashish. No one, even comes close to Cherniak’s comprehensive photos and editorials. All these years have passed and Laurence can still be proud of having the finest photographs of cannabis and hashish that I have ever seen. I grew up on his books”.
    ~ Jack Herer, author,
    The Emperor Wears No Clothes

    INTRODUCTION TO HASHISH AROUND THE WORLD
    An overview of the above countries showing and listing Commercial Centers for Hashish. Morocco, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India and the Himalayas.

    4. Afghani Hashishin Tales

  • SHuff

    Afghan kush <3