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Taliban to open cannabis plant in Afghanistan

10:38, 25 November 2021
Taliban to open cannabis plant in Afghanistan

The Taliban* announced its intention to establish a cannabis plant in the country, Aamaj News reported.


The Taliban spokesperson Qari Saeed Khosty said in a statement that the enterprise will be created with the help of Australian company Cpharm. 

Khosty tweeted that the Deputy Interior Minister for Combating Drugs had already met with representatives of the Cpharm company.

“The company wants to build a cannabis processing plant in Afghanistan, which will create all cannabis products,” the Taliban minister said.

“Cpharm will invest $450 million in setting up a hashish-processing company in Afghanistan. The project will be officially launched soon and hundreds of people will get job opportunities on the project,” Khosti said.

At the same time, the Australian company Cpharm announced that it had nothing to do with the Taliban and cannabis, and also had no idea how a press release from the Taliban Interior Ministry appeared.

“We do not manufacture or supply anything. We provide a medical advice service to the pharmaceutical industry within Australia. We have no products on the ARTG. We have no connection with cannabis or the Taliban,” Cpharm statement reads

On November 17, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that opium production in Afghanistan has increased up to 8% to 6,800 tons this year.

*The Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.