The Daily Buzz: Afghan Officials Sell Opium, Cartels Copy Wal-Mart, an Influential "Tea Lady"

Feb 16 2016

The Daily Buzz: Afghan Officials Sell Opium, Cartels Copy Wal-Mart, an Influential “Tea Lady”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Tasked With Combating Opium, Afghan Officials Profit From It [the New York Times]
The Afghan government is so involved with the opium trade, it’s competing with the Taliban.

Blurry Line Divides Addicts and Dealers in Heroin Underworld [al Jazeera]
Amid reform, new compassion for “addiction” excludes poor addicts who sell drugs to survive.

Narconomics’: How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald’s [NPR]
The Economist’s Mexico correspondent explains how drug traffickers uses monopolies and business models made famous by franchises to keep business lucrative.

Cash-Only Marijuana Dispensaries Flood California Tax Office with Paper [the Guardian]
Without legal access to credit cards or check books, tax season is Hell for dispensaries.

#EveryLineCounts – the National Crime Agency Experiments with ‘Edgy’ New Campaign [Government Communication Service]
The UK’s National Crime Agency pats itself on the back for an anti-drug campaign that “was not to tell people that taking drugs would kill them.”

Arunachal “Tea Lady” Reason Behind Vanishing Opium Cultivation [Newsgram]
How one woman in Arunachal Pradesh is convincing opium-growers to give up the trade.