Why Doesn't Anyone Produce Cocaine in Australia
November 4, 2015
Vice - In Australia a gram of coke generally costs around $300 AU [$214 USD]. One
of the reasons it's so expensive here is because Australia is an island a long way
from anywhere. All contraband has to be flown or shipped in, generally from South
America, which, again, isn't close. But any quick business analysis of the situation
would suggest it doesn't have to be like this. Cocaine is sourced from the coca plant,
so why don't traffickers just grow it here?
Dr. John C. D'Auria is an assistant professor for Texas Tech University in the Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He's conducted multiple studies on coca plants, and
according to him it all comes down to cultivation. Some illicit plants, such as marijuana,
are easy to grow anywhere. Coca is not easily grown.
Read the story here.