But researchers are calling for regulations.
The latest government watchdog report says the opium trade is a major threat to Afghan reconstruction.
The War on Terror's War on Drugs has been a massive failure.
"It is widely thought that every drug organization supports or works with insurgents in Afghanistan," said one official.
Not like that should surprise anyone. But the latest numbers from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime really hammer it home.
The US-backed regime, the country's economic stability, law enforcement, and terrorist insurgents are all tangled up in the illegal drug trade.
Replacing the terror war with the drug war is going to be a rather difficult task.
When NATO alliance forces roll out of Afghanistan in 2014, the fogs of another war could continue billowing out from the country’s southern and western provinces.
The international war on drugs continues to rage, with opium poppies extending a slow but steady comeback trend dating back to 2006. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime "reports":http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2012/January/afg…