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Statement of Myanmar at HLM

Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium in the world, after Afghanistan. Their objective to achieve an opium free country by 2018.


  1. Sven says:

    I can’t help but consider that for some very powerful opium traffickers in Myanmar, attempts to eradicate opium will only serve to drive up the value of their commodity. Whereas if their commodity were legalised and regulated, they’d suddenly find themselves out of business.

  2. Sven, the Myanmar ‘traffickers’ may indeed be the very people we need to come in from the cold. Legally regulating opium must engage the stakeholders at least in introducing the opportunity to harm reduce the supply chain and economically reward those who conduct ‘fair trade’. The same applies to Coca, Cannabis and all the other green and white agricultural substances currently illicit.

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