Have you seen this?! Proposal for Drug Legalisation in Central America

Have you seen this?! Proposal for Drug Legalisation in Central America.

On Saturday February 11th, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina
declared that, following discussions with Colombian President Santos,
he will present a proposal for drug legalization in Central America at
the April 14-15 Summit of the Americas.
Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti will begin a tour of Central
America to discuss the proposal with regional leaders and garner support
for it, starting with Panama, Costa Rica and Salvador on February 29th.
Unsurprisingly, the move was greeted by a quick rebuke from the US
government.

President Molina’s initiative is unprecedented and marks the
first time since the launching of the War on Drugs by Richard Nixon in
1971 that a foreign head of state actively challenges the US-led
policies of drug prohibition and try to build a coalition against it.

A former general of the Guatemalan army, President Molina has
impeccable credentials to launch such a move: he was elected in November
2011 on a law-and-order platform, pledging to restore security to the
country. Guatemala is on the major transit route from Colombia to the US
and drug violence has exploded there over the past few years, turning
this already impoverished and unstable country into one of the most
dangerous countries in the world.
We all need to show our support to President Molina and his potential
Latin American allies. We also need to put pressure on the Obama
administration to ensure that it doesn’t stall Molina’s proposal, and
that it allows a truthful debate to take place at the April 14-15 Summit
of the Americas and beyond.

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UK poppy-growing program kept hush-hush — RT

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While Afghanistan burns,  a Pharmaceutical company in Britain clean up.
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Yes readers, you heard it right. Years of burning, spraying and killing off Afghani poppy fields, the Brits have noticed a worrying shortfall in drugs for the global pain killing market. Taking advantage of the recent weather, pharmaceutical company McFarlane Smith has forbidden its poppy farmers to talk to the press, and readers, the Home Office won’t comment either. However it does appear that the crops are located in the rolling plains of Oxfordshire so any news of tanned knobbly balls on sticks about 3 feet high and blowin’ in the wind, Black Poppy will be duty bound to investigate…

(This report is by RT, follow link for video report)

The “War on Drugs” that came soon after the “War on Terror” is being decisively lost. Ten years after the US invasion Afghanistan remains the world’s biggest opium poppy producer. Meanwhile, the UK is making inroads to the market.

As the West struggles to destroy drug production in Afghanistan, Britain harvests a new crop of poppies to plug a growing painkiller shortage. Some believe that is counterproductive.

Just Killing the Pain

In the rolling fields of Oxfordshire, UK, at this time of year, you will probably see wheat or barley ripening for the harvest. But dry springs and warm summers have enabled local farmers to plant a very different type of crop – opium poppies

They are under contract to a pharmaceutical company that turns the opium into morphine and codeine in order to plug a shortfall in strong painkillers in the National Health Service.

In fact, there is a global shortage of drugs made from poppies.The opium grown in Britain will be put to good use, but thousands of miles away, NATO troops are wiping out existing Afghan poppies with bombing, burning and spraying.

“The main question is why are we destroying the Afghan crop and then having to grown poppies in fields in Oxfordshire? It’s been used by the American and British governments repeatedly, one of the so called soft arguments that they put, one of the liberal arguments that they put, is that they’re fighting a war on drugs. This is complete hypocrisy, it’s not true, it’s not what the war is about, and we should own up to that,” says Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition.

 Everyone Pays (except McFarlane Smith)

It is easy to understand why Afghan farmers grow, then sell opium to the Taliban. There’s an effective distribution network, and they can make around 17 times more profit per hectare than they can on wheat. Despite the obvious economics, farmers are still being encouraged to grow other crops.

British MP Frank Field thinks that policy has failed, but the Americans will not budge.

“America rules and we follow on behind them. It makes a nonsense of what this relationship is about, when you’re putting British lives at stake, not to be able to use this as a bargaining position with the Americans, to rethink a strategy which I think most people think over the years has failed, historically, has failed, why don’t we try a new tack?”

A Solution to Simple?

Frank Field and his group Poppy Relief believe that Afghan opium should be legalized instead. It would benefit Afghan farmers, raise much-needed revenue for the government’s nation building efforts, and stop the opium from falling into the hands of the drug cartels. Field also says it should be military strategy too.

“In Afghanistan we have chosen bombs, rather than brains. Anybody who would be thinking about how do we get ordinary people, ordinary farmers who see poppies as a cash crop, how do we get them to protect the backs of our troops, we would be thinking about how do we harness this crop, how do we pay them for it and how do we then use that crop to transfer it into medicines to counter pain.”

With opium being burned in Afghanistan and kept a secret in Britain, no-one wants to talk about the UK’s opium-growing program.

RT asked both the farmers and MacFarlane Smith, the company they grow for, if they would give an interview.

MacFarlane Smith said they would not allow the farmers to talk because it is a part of their contract with the Home Office that they keep the poppy growing secretive.

The Home Office also declined to comment.

While poppies are increasingly harvested in Britain, the so-called war on drugs is being decisively lost. The UN says opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the US occupation began in 2001.

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