The disputed region of Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1949, has made scary headlines in recent months.
Pro-independence militants are stepping up attacks on the India-controlled side, and the region is a potential flashpo`int for war between the nuclear-armed South Asian giants.
But it hardly comes as a surprise that a cannabis economy thrives on both sides of the Line of Control—despite the best efforts to suppress it by both Indian and Pakistani security forces.
The Indian Police Service last week announced the arrest of Kashmir’s most-wanted charas smuggler at a checkpoint in the Tangmarg district, in the north of the India-controlled territory. The trafficker was named as Abdul Rehman Dar, but there is no reason to expect his fall to interrupt the illicit industry.
The region’s conservative Islamic press runs editorials scandalized by long-entrenched cultivation of bhang (cannabis) to produce charas (hashish), as well as khash-khash (opium poppy).
Pakistani authorities are meanwhile pursuing their own vigorous crackdown on cannabis, and last month boasted of busts across the coubtry.
Among the boasted hauls was a kilogram of hash, seized by agents of the national Anti Narcotics Force from a “drug peddler” in Gilgit. This is the Himalayan mountain fastness that Pakistan has administratively separated from Kashmir—a move long protested by India. A new international oil pipeline linking China and Iran is now planned to cross Gilgit on its way through Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
So… A thriving drug trade, long-standing local tensions and international oil intrigues. All the makings of Asia’s next insurgency quagmire. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.
The Ultimate Stoner Grocery List
Doctor Who Uses Medical Marijuana Sues After Being Denied a Gun
The IRS is Reportedly Overwhelmed by Cash Payments from Marijuana Businesses
Double Barrel and Verano Announce Exclusive Cannabis Business Partnership
News7 days ago
Dsuvia: The Opioid 10 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl the FDA Just Approved
News2 days ago
Federal Government Seeks Cultivators to Grow Thousands of Kilos of Cannabis
News4 days ago
Texas Representative Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
News4 days ago
Two People Shot and Killed in Los Angeles Cannabis Dispensary
Culture4 days ago
Michelle Obama Writes About Smoking Pot in Upcoming Book
News3 days ago
American Student Facing Death Penalty in China for Cannabis Distribution Released
CBD4 days ago
The United Kingdom Will Soon Have First Cannabis-Infused Restaurant
Dispensaries4 days ago
Cathedral City Just Opened SoCal’s First Legal Consumption Lounge