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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. 

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