AFGHAN OPIUM GROWERS MIGHT HAVE COMPETITION AMONG BUYERS!
Stop the Drug War (DRCNet) just posted an article about the Senlis Council proposal to have the opium crop in Afghanistant bought up by folks who would use the product to produce analgesics for use around the world.
Seems to me that regardless how much the good guys offer to pay for opium to produce analgesics, the bad guys will offer more to pass the stuff on to the illicit market. One just can't resolve the problem by a focus on supply if one ignores demand. And, of course, with all that new incremental legal opium products, who says the INCB will "permit" countries around the world to buy it? Anyway, meanwhile, what a boon this plan would be for the golden triangle farmers! Wow - I wish someone sold futures on the opium production outside afghanistan if this plan ever is put into practice!