Afghanistan

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Location of Afghanistan

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia and South Asia. It has a population of around 31 million people, making it the 42nd most populous country in the world. It is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and China in the far northeast.

Legislation

According to a United Nations report Afghanistan produces 93% of the world's opium, however, due to international pressure form western governments, authorities are attempting to curb opium production. As a result, local farmers are turning to cannabis cultivation to supplement their income. While still illegal, authorities are less concerned with weed than they are with opium.[1] The U.N. report goes on to say that Afghanistan is also the world's biggest producer of hashish and that Afghan farmers earned up to $94 million (US) in 2009 from selling 1,500 to 3,500 tons of hash.[2]

Additional Resources

References

  1. Cape Town Global Cannabis March 2014 (December 7, 2007), Cannabis Campaigners' Guide
  2. Afghanistan's New Bumper Drug Crop: Cannabis (April 1, 2010), Time.com


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