Pubdate: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 Source: Seattle Times (WA) Copyright: 2007 The Seattle Times Company Contact: http://www.seattletimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/409 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n1026/a07.html Author: David Lane ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY Neal Peirce is absolutely correct that the best way to deal with opiate production is to buy all the Taliban can grow at or above market prices and divert it to the legal market. Peirce did miss a great opportunity, though. If Afghanistan was allowed to legally grow cannabis and produce hashish, it would greatly reduce their farmers need to grow poppies. They once produced some of the finest hash on the planet, but because of the economic distortions of prohibition, growing more addictive and dangerous drugs is more profitable. David Lane, Santa Cruz, Calif.