Afghanistan: Drugs

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Afghan law permits the cultivation of opium for medicinal use.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

The Afghan counter-narcotics law was passed as a decree in December 2005. In order to allow Afghanistan to fulfil its obligations under the 1972 UN convention on drugs and its protocols, the law has provisions for the licensed cultivation of opium poppy.

However, the counter-narcotics law is currently being redrafted. This follows representations from members of the Afghan Parliament asking for the provision for legal cultivation to be removed, as opium cultivation is against Article 7 of the Constitution.

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