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KNU Weed-whackers Get Busy

5 July 2013

The Karen National Union (KNU) has stepped up its efforts to stamp out marijuana production in northern Karen State, reports Karen News. “A recent district meeting ordered the township official in Lu Thaw again to search out and eliminate all the remaining marijuana crops growing there,” said P’doh Kler Say, the secretary of the KNU Mutraw District Organization Department. He said that initially, villagers displaced by Burmese government troops two years ago started growing the marijuana to feed their buffaloes, but later traders from town came to buy their crop for around US $500 for per viss (approximately 1.6 kg)—a price that has since doubled. KNU Mutraw District leaders say they destroyed around 7,500 kg of marijuana last year.