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.
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. 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.
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