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  •  Price does have an affect (1+ / 0-)
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    When the price at the field drops below $100 a kilo the number of farmers willing to grow also drops, at $600 people get back in business.

    When Afganistan was no longer growing Burma took up the slack.

    There must also be some sort of drop off in demand as price increases.

    •  but the origin price would surpass $600/k (0+ / 0-)

      if supply fell.

      I like the pedantic aspect of it -- PIK for opium.

      FDR would be proud.

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 12:32:58 PM PDT

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    •  Shifting Growing to Burma Has a Plus Though (1+ / 0-)
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      The main reason for trying to end poppy profits in Afghanistan is to undercut the financing of the Taliban there.  Although Burma is a military dictatorship, at least if poppy profiting shifted to Burma, the Burma authorities would use the profits to support their power and lifestyle, and not to support jihadist movements.  But I agree that legalization of all drugs and distribution of them through legal networks ought to happen (maybe common sense will someday prevail).

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