We already watched while the Harper Conservatives sold-out the B.C. lumber industry by signing a softwood lumber “deal” that let a billion dollars slip away and failed to buy any trade peace. Now it looks like one of B.C.'s other major industries may be threatned under the Conservative watch:
Pot replaces poppy in fields of Afghanistan
KABUL — The fields of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan are free of opium poppies this year.
It's a success touted often by Afghan and international officials.
But one look at some fields uncovers an emerging drug problem.
Three-metre-tall cannabis plants flourish where poppy plants used to grow.
The crop — the source of both marijuana and hashish — can be just as profitable as opium but draws none of the scrutiny from Afghan officials.
First the BC lumber industry took a major hit, and now our even more famous export, BC Bud, may be in trouble too.
Will Stephen Harper stand-up for Canada, and for BC marijuana? Will International Trade Minister, and B.C. MP, David Emerson errect a tarrif wall to protect us from cheap Afghan imports? It's time for action!
Elsewhere, Red Tory has a more serious take. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers