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A Legal Drug Crop

posted on November 23, 2001

It's a drug crop … but not an illegal one.

740 acres of poppies will be grown in England next year for medicinal purposes. The crop will be harvested in the fall, and the entire plant will then go through a purification process to extract the morphine.

Researchers say the crop variety of poppy grown in England does not contain the opium-producing characteristics of the poppies grown in other parts of the world to make heroin.

Morphine-producing poppies are already grown in other countries, including France, China and Turkey.


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