Taliban sign $ 450 million deal with Australian group on cannabis center: Taliban spokesman

The Taliban has signed an agreement with the Australian company Cpharm, which wants to establish a cannabis treatment center in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said on Twitter.

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A contract has been signed and the project will be up and running within days, Taliban press director Qari Saeed Khosty said.

Afghanistan’s deputy minister of drugs reportedly met with a representative of the company on Tuesday, who promised an investment of $ 450 million for the project, according to the news agency Pajhwok.

Cpharm did not immediately respond to Al Arabiya English’s request for comment.

Khosty said the company that produces medical cannabis cream would have access to thousands of acres of Afghan cannabis crops.

After taking control of Afghanistan in August, the Taliban promised to crack down on cannabis production in the country.
Yussef Wafa, a Taliban governor in Kandahar, said in October that the group had arrested drug users and would not allow farmers to grow cannabis or opium poppies.

Farmers, however, reported that they saw no real change in the group’s attitude towards them.

Cannabis and opium crops were known to be significant sources of income for the hardline group as it operated as a rebel during the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

With AFP

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