Taliban enter cannabis market

A day before Thanksgiving, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (known to the rest of the world as the Taliban) said it was making a deal with an Australian company to set up a 450 million cannabis processing plant. of dollars in Afghanistan to produce marijuana products for sale in the country. Western media has all but exploded with the news, but skeptics are starting to wonder if the whole affair was not an elaborate media hoax.

“Yesterday, the deputy minister of the fight against narcotics, Ministry of the Interior, met a representative of the company Cpharm”, tweeted the Afghan Interior Ministry on November 24. “Cpharm will invest $ 450 million in the creation of a hashish processing company in Afghanistan. The regime’s agency added that it planned to produce “drugs and creams” in a factory that would employ hundreds of people.

Fact verified

The tweet was sent from an official account of the Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan after the US troops withdrew in August. The story was picked up by regional mainstream media and journalists traced the name mentioned in the ad – Cpharm – to an Australian company. With that, it was off to the races, and outlets in the US and UK were leapfrogging to battle for the sexy title. The report was repeated by The Tlondon times, the BBC and Al ArabiYesa, as well as many others.

But there were some issues with the story. One problem is that Cpharm is not a cannabis company or a manufacturing company of any kind; it is a post-market consulting company that caters to the medical industry. Another problem, probably the most important, is that the company says it definitely does not work with the Taliban.

“Cpharm Australia is not a drug or drug maker, and it is not engaged in discussions with the Taliban regarding cannabis,” said Tony Gabites, chief financial officer of Cpharm. VICE journalists. “We don’t manufacture any drugs. The first time we heard about it, someone called our office this morning.

The company was forced to issue a press release to assure the world that it was not involved in the current Afghan regime. “We have no connection with cannabis or the Taliban,” the company wrote. “We have no idea where the Taliban press release came from and want to assure everyone that it should not be linked to Cpharm Pty Ltd Australia.”

The company became a target for unwanted advertising overnight. “We probably got 40 or 50 calls today,” said Tony Gabites, CFO of Cpharm. Reuters. “It’s just out of control and it’s all lies, media guys… not doing any due diligence on what they want to post.”

Taliban spokesman Qari Saeed Khosty responded to the controversy over Twitter correcting the reports and saying the regime is working with a German company called Cpharm, not the Australian identified in the media. Qari also clarified that the company will provide the cannabis facility, not the cannabis.

Even after the clarification, the story still looked fishy. Researchers could find no record of a German company called Cpharm or variations of the name, and no representative of a company with that name has come forward to confirm the deal with the Taliban.

Stranger still, the regime has so far indicated that it does not approve of cannabis use. In early October, Taliban police forces reportedly raided homeless camps, beat and forcibly detained suspected drug addicts, and sent them to drug treatment centers against their will. The Associated Press reported that the regime adopted a policy of zero tolerance for drug addiction and was prepared to beat and humiliate drug users to make their point.

Lords of the Edge

Now some analysts are wondering if the whole ad was some sort of internet hoax. If the Taliban hate drugs, why set up a drug processing plant? How do they plan to sell such a large amount of cannabis anyway?

The Taliban’s relationship with the internet and social media is strange. In the 1990s, the fundamentalist group banned internet use in Afghanistan. But today, the regime has apparently embraced the use of social media as a propaganda tool to influence the Afghan people and has even adopted the practice of trolling their ideological enemies.

The group is spreading its message on thousands of official and unofficial Twitter accounts. Questionable videos of Taliban soldiers telling women and religious groups they would maintain their freedom under the regime have been posted on the platform, along with jokes aimed at the United States.

In August, the regime made its mark on the internet by posting and circulating a shocking image of Taliban soldiers wearing stolen American clothes and posing in a photo recreating the famous image of American soldiers hoisting the American flag at Iwo Jima. And some have questioned whether a widely shared image of Taliban soldiers eating ice cream was meant to mock President Joe Biden.

But why?

But the question remains: if this is all just an elaborate troll – as it appears to be – what is the Taliban’s intention? Was this supposed to deceive opponents into believing that the Taliban are turning into a more progressive version of themselves? If so, it remains to be seen whether the ploy worked or not. Was it meant to illustrate the credulity of the Western media? If so, then he has succeeded wonderfully.

And of course, there’s also the possibility that the Taliban are actually considering boosting their economy with marijuana. It sounds silly, but if the past five years have taught us anything, it’s that we’ve entered a strange period of relentless novelty, and almost anything is possible.

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